The other day, my mom sent me one of those chain emails that you’re supposed to forward to 15 angels in your life, say a Hail Mary and do the macarena to make your wish come true.
Normally if I’m sent one of those, I simply hit delete, but if it comes from my mom I’ll read it.
After I read it, I was embarrassed to admit that a chain email actually made me stop and think about my life and how I do things at warped speed.
The jist of the story is that a rich man was driving down the road and a kid threw a brick at his Jaguar. Angry, the man pulled over and yelled at the kid, “What the hell do you think you’re doing?!” The kid was crying and explained that he only threw the brick because he couldn’t get anyone to stop, and he needed help – his brother had fallen out of his wheelchair and the boy couldn’t help him by himself.
The man instantly felt shame, and he walked over to help the boy and his brother get back into his wheelchair. The boy who threw the brick said “God bless you, sir. Thank you for stopping to help us.” The man watched as the boy turned to wheel his brother down the sidewalk.
The moral of the story is easy: Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention.
I know I’m not the only one who misses things because of how I’m always go-go-going. If I’m not working on something for the present, you can better believe that my mind is racing to the future to plan ahead.
Today I’m going to make the conscious effort to slow down. To notice the color of the sky on my way to work. To smell the cold winter air that suggests a nearby snow. To ask someone “How are you?” and actually wait for an answer. I’m going to take off my side blinders and take a look at things that don’t necessarily have to do with ME and MY plan.
Maybe you’ll do the same?
My favorite movie quote of all time rings true: You know, life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.