Tonight I have ten. Ten minutes to write. That is it. That is all I have and as I approach this time, I feel limited. I feel lacking. Until I begin to think about the many and varied 10 minutes within my day.
Today in just 10 minutes I sat quietly in my room,
meditating to add focus and clarity as I started my day.
Today in just 10 minutes I talked to a coach and strategized
to make a difference for a teacher and her student.
Today in just 10 minutes I walked briskly with a colleague to lunch,
exercising both my body and my mind as we bantered our ideas in talk.
Today in just 10 minutes I comforted a child, tears streaming
because he didn’t like the way his pants felt.
Today in just 10 minutes I talked to two kindergarten teachers about
play and learning, fostering what I know to be best for our kids.
Today in just 10 minutes I talked on the phone to a friend,
getting and giving inspiration and encouragement.
Today in just 10 minutes I made plans for my weekend,
creating balance after an over-the-moon busy week.
Today in just 10 minutes I talked to my mom, connecting
as she told me about the moments in her day.
Today in just 10 minutes I picked up my son from work,
cementing our relationship in the little things done.
Today in just 10 minutes I chose to write,
allowing my words and habit to change me.
There is nothing “in just” about 10 minutes. Ten minutes stretch out all of the moments in our life. We can choose to let those minutes pass us by, unnoticed, thinking they are insignificant and not important enough to make a difference. Or we can choose to live and savor the moment, open to the experience in a moment or ten to mold and change us. Savoring each moment as important changes us. Instead of life not having enough or being enough, life becomes one of abundance. Ten minutes has power. Ten minutes can change.
Below is probably my all-time favorite film clip. It is about noticing and experiencing the moment. As I wrote about the 10 moments across my day, I remembered this lovely podcast, created by film maker, Will Hoffman and produced by Radiolab called “Moments”. We have a moment. We have 10 moments. Relish each one! Enjoy...you will be happy you took a moment for this one...
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