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Friday, 25 March 2011

A Minute that Matters
– Well, Maybe

Arg!

This is my first blog post – evva!

My plan.

Write a post that can be read in a minute.

60 seconds.*

That’s all.

Why?

Cuz I think that’s all you want.

A sound bite.

Maybe that’s kinda sad, but really a lot can happen in a minute.

A first kiss.

A last breath.

And a gazillion good, bad and ugly things in between.

One girl became my nemesis all through elementary and secondary school because of a hurtful thing she uttered when we were seven years old on the playground at Northside Elementary. She probably doesn’t even remember it. But I do.

My first job after college, I thought I was in over my head. I was sitting in the office of a colleague I barely knew – on the verge of tears. I said something like, “Sometimes I’m afraid they will figure out I don’t know what I’m doing.”

She replied, “We all feel that way.”

Light bulb.

I was still stressed and terrified of messing up, but I didn’t feel alone anymore.

We all have stories like that – on both sides of the pain.

Anne Frank said, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

For me, that doesn’t mean orchestrating world peace or single-handedly saving the environment. It means making a positive difference in the life of someone around me. I’m not always successful, but I have 1,440 minutes every day to try.

Got a minute?

Make it matter.

I’m just saying....

*Yes, I did time it, and it took me 60 seconds to read. I can’t help if you are a slow or speed reader. (Also I won’t tell you my simple sixty seconds took me over an hour to write, re-write and revise. It will get easier, right?)

6 comments:

Paula Rawsthorne said...

Hi Sara,
Thanks for including the Anne Frank quote; we all need reminders like that. Love your new website and congrats on the great reviews Dark Parties is receiving- I can’t wait to read it. Paula x

TeriT said...

Hi Sara,
Good looking website!
That did take me a titch longer than a minute to read, though. But I didn't mind.
Teri

Alison Stevens said...

Hi Sara,
I didn't time it, but it was just about a minute. Great first post! Now if I can just get the google connect thingy to work, I'll follow your shiny new blog! :)
Alison

Navjot said...

Great post! Looking forward to reading Dark Parties:)
navjot

Jennifer said...

Love this post! As one who can vouch for the *much* 'positive difference' you've been in my world, I know you're well on your way.

Now, time for the second one... :-)

tbaechtold said...

Madonna and Justin Timberlake sung about "4 Minutes" a few years ago, and I thought its message of having just a few minutes to change the world was insightful...enjoy your musings...I tend to be verbose (really?)...thanks for cutting to the chase!