By: Danny Wallace
“Be careful with this moment. It is only sixty seconds long, and it will never return again.”
The world can change in sixty seconds. One person has the power to make a single decision in a single moment that will change the world forever. Just ask Rosa Parks. After years of being forced to ride on the back of the bus because of the color of her skin, one day Rosa Parks decided, “Not one moment longer.”
On that day, at that moment, Rosa Parks made a decision that set in motion a chain of events she could not have possibly predicted. Nevertheless, her decision released freedom for an entire race of people. An important moment in time is not exclusive to Rosa Parks. We each have our allotted number. Like sands through the hourglass, they are steadily passing into the vast space of time that is no more. Never again will that moment return. What we do with each moment is powerful, and priceless.
In this day of mega platforms, PR firms, and high-tech media, we have come to believe that we are more of a speck within humanity than we have ever been before. If we’re looking for personal notoriety, that’s probably true. But in the scope of giving others, their eternal destiny, we hold great power within each of our precious moments.
What will you do with this moment in time? Will you kiss the cheek of a broken heart, or hurl a slur at your nearest foe? Will you rush through today with no thought for others, or will you drop to your knees in humble gratitude to the Giver of this moment? What you decide might just set in motion that which sets the world free.
Be careful with this moment. It is only sixty seconds long, and it will never return again.