Today in meditation, I was struck by the passing of moments. Some are huge - great or traumatic. Either way they are so significant that we recognize it as marking major transitions in our life.
And then there are the subtle moments, so soft and gentle. These can also be joyous or sad, and though we don't recognize it while it is happening and making an instant impact, weeks, months or years later, we recall it for its significance to our present day issues.
It is these moments that I connected with this past week. A committee reflected on a volunteer who passed away two years ago and it was the small things that he did that we shared. We didn't mention his public philanthropy or the amount of his last gift. Our focus was how he lived his life so naturally generous with his time and spirit and how that is still an inspiration to us today.
I heard beautiful speeches this week. As we end our year, many people are reflecting with great thought and feeling. Again, what I heard from these great speakers was examples of subtle impact, reflection of a personal interaction, visiting the sick, working with a friend, or learning together.
It is easy to see or feel the big moments, your heart is either bursting with joy and love or breaking into a million pieces. With meditation, I have learned to appreciate and be aware of the smaller and quieter moments. With greater awareness, these blend into one another and often lead me to a place of joy and peace. Being sad, afraid, anxious or angry will never go away completely, but understanding the moment can help move me to the next sweet moment.