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Have you every had one of those moments?

Or one of those days when you looked back, you said, “Wow! That was incredible!”

It might not have been something that would stand out to anyone else, but to you, it was something meaningful.

Small Moments

When I first started thinking about my life and what has made a difference to me, it has always been the little moments or the close relationships I have with people that other people might not even know about and certainly wouldn’t understand.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the BIG wow times too! It’s just that when I think about what is meaningful in my life, it’s the little moments that mean the most and I want you to notice and celebrate them too in your life.

Let me tell you about Roger

On New Year’s day, I went for a walk on the beach. I wanted to be there to witness the first sunrise of the new year. It was as glorious! The seagulls and terns were out in full force. A few pelicans flew by as well. The dolphins also showed up right as the sun was coming up. It was a spectacular display of Wow that started my year off right.

I said “No” way too soon!

After taking in all of this glory, I went for a walk on the beach. On my way back an elderly man stopped me and asked me if I collected shells. I don’t so I immediately responded, “No.”

As I looked in his kind face, I thought to ask him another question. “Why do you ask?”

Roger said, “I try to get down to the beach as much as possible, and I pick up shells. I like to share them with others that are walking the beach.”

Then he reached into his pocket, and he pulled out these three beautiful shells. He said they were Olive shells. We recently had a hurricane, and there has been a ship off the coast dredging up sand to replace our sand dunes. Roger told me that most of the shells were broken now due to these two occurrences which made these intact shells even more precious.

Gift for my Husband

I told Roger, (I did have the presence to ask him his name and introduce myself) that my husband also a walks the beach and loves to collect shells and if he didn’t mind, I would love to take them home to him.

Roger was very kind and gracious and handed me the three shells.

We chatted a few minutes more and then we both continued our journeys.

As Roger was walking away, I thought about how this was a Wow moment, and I wanted to capture it, so I snapped a picture of Roger walking away and of the shells he had just placed in my hand.

I Almost Missed the Moment

I thought about how I almost missed this moment. I almost missed the opportunity for Roger to share and contribute something to my life, a stranger passing by on the beach on New Year’s Day. I almost missed the chance to have a pleasant conversation with the man, and I almost missed taking a picture so I could remember this moment and share it with you.

I have to remind myself too!

I too have to remind myself to be fully present to engage in the Wow moments that are right in front of me.

How about you?

Have you missed some of these moments? Have you benefited from some of them because you were awake and aware? I would love to hear your stories! Please leave a comment below!