I was talking to Gwen and she expressed concerns about what life will be like after college. Will she be able to find a job and make enough money to become self-sufficient?
I told her, “Of course you will.” Then I went on my merry way.
A few days later, I got to thinking about that conversation and how I dismissed her concerns. I remember having those same fears at her age. It seems like a distant memory now, but at the time it was real and stressful.
I realized I owe Gwen an apology for not paying attention to what she was saying. Instead of dismissing her concerns, I should have told Gwen I understand what she is feeling and it is normal. I should have been more empathetic and reassuring. I should have reminded her that I am here to help in anyway I can.
What can happen in a second?
- A baby can take their first breath of life
- A bullet can leave a gun, zoom through the air, and destroy a life
- A smile can brighten someone’s day and lift their spirits
- Expressing gratitude can make someone feel special
- A harsh word, spoken in anger, can break a person’s spirit
- A hug can bring heeling and peace to a troubled soul
A lot can happen in a second. We can bring heeling, peace, and love to others. We can also create destruction, agony, and death. Every second matters, so use them wisely.
I was in Celebrate Recovery a few weeks ago and the leader was talking about how we should treat other people. He summed it up perfectly, treat you fellow man with: