The other day I watched a short video where groups of two people spent 4 minutes of silence, standing face-to-face with one another without saying a word – a father and a daughter, a mother, and a son. The video was powerful; in fact, it made me cry. Why? What made this short video emotional to me?
I suspect it’s because I could see people looking into the face of a loved one. Through their eyes, I could see them reliving moments they had shared, tender moments, tough times – the moments that may have seemed insignificant at the time but collectively, they painted a beautiful mural of life and love. And in those four minutes, I could see these people reliving in their mind’s eye many of those moments.
Here’s a link to watch and see for yourself. The Bridge: Face To Face | Jubilee Project | NBC Asian America
So what can we learn from this? I leave it to you to ponder the question. In fact, I would love to hear your thoughts. For me, it reminded me to celebrate the relationships I have – the people in my life that mean so much, that have shaped me and helped me become the person I am today.
The truth is, you have more impact on the lives of others than you imagine. The times you have been there for a friend, with no personal agenda, just to be with them – the times that you went out of your way to be encouraging, to be supportive, to care. You want to live a life of significance. That’s great. Perhaps you are pursuing (or have already accomplished) noble goals, achieved milestones that are widely recognized and celebrated. Wonderful. But don’t overlook the everyday, simple, normal instances where just by being you, just by being present, you have made a positive difference in the lives of others.
Who you are and what you do matters!