Miracle of The Moment and The Moment Itself

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” ‘Cause we are who and where
And what we are for now
And this is the only moment
We can do anything about

So breathe it in and breathe it out
And listen to your heartbeat
There’s a wonder in the here and now
It’s right there in front of you
I don’t want you to miss the miracle of the moment”

          –     Lyric from “The Miracle of The Moment” by Steven Curtis Chapman

Spoiler alert — I’m shortening the series on mindset to three days.  Two and a half, technically.  Mindset, as applied by Dr. Carol S. Dweck in her book of the same title, is a simple concept, which expands to envelope organizations as well as the people within them.  But, as we wrap up Lyric Month in the DD, this song is the right way to close.  You see, the difference between the growth and fixed mindset is most evident in the moment.  The fixed mindset lets the moment be the matter.  The growth mindset uses the moment to matter.

Thanks, Dr. Dweck.  It’s a great book, and a great concept, with tons of research and case studies behind it.  We should all own it and read it and apply it.  Why?  Because it will make a difference for anyone who does.  It is the stuff of difference makers.

Let’s move our thoughts to the moment, though.  This moment.

I’m unabashed in my Faith, which is dopey, because I often suck, completely, at living it.  In fact, there is a song by Beck that I’ve been dying to use to end lyric month, but it’d be beneath me and certainly my Faith, and it’d be an insult to subscribers to let myself miss the wonder in the here and now.

You see, there’s no such thing as mundane.  There’s no such thing as coincidence.  We are simply who and where and what we are, and this really is the only moment we can do anything about.  SCC wrote the song, but something tells me he was just the fingers on the keyboard or the hand holding the pencil.

When we click off this post, there is a moment awaiting, right there in front of each one of us.  The to-do list, the stack of bills, the pressure, the scrutiny — all of those things are distractions from the here and now.  They are not from a source of good.  They are from a source of harm that would have us miss the miracle of the moment.

Maybe it’s forgiveness for a grievous wrong.  Maybe it’s a phone call to a friend too long out of touch.  Maybe it’s a hand-written note to someone who made a difference for you.  Maybe it’s nothing remotely as grandiose as any of those examples.  Maybe it’s just the breathing in and breathing out and listening to our heartbeat.

Regardless, in this moment, there is, indeed a miracle.  Let’s do our best not to miss it.

 


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