Moments make up a life

I think sometimes we think our life is only worth something if we become massively famous or we leave some great, obvious, lasting legacy.

Don’t get me wrong – I believe the impact each one of us can make is potentially huge.

But by huge I mean the culmination of lots and lots of little moments. Gestures. Comments. A touch of the arm. Kisses. Hugs. Gentle questions.

It’s the little things, I think, that make up a life.

Our lives really are just a bunch of infinitesimal moments of impact… both good and bad.


Each of us has the potential to hurt and heal; to show neglect, and mercy.

We have the power to notice the victim, or look away. To make someone’s day brighter, or wound them deeply.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our own distress that we fail to see that of others. And so be changed in the process…

Look around you.

What small impact can you make today? And how will you be impacted by what you see?

May each of us open our eyes to the hungry, the hurting, the broken, the burnt-out.

And stop, just for a moment.

Because moments matter.

Moments, indeed, make up a life.


  1. Mother Teresa never sought fame. She ultimately became famous because of a lifetime of little acts of service performed through a spirit of humility in an environment of obscurity. When the world finally noticed her unwavering strength of character, she was catapulted into the limelight.

  2. Quite frankly, this looks like the female version of something I have written (just a compliment, mind you, not a Donald Trump ‘I am going to sue you!” comment). But really- tis grand when someone tells you that you “made their day” because you said something kind, gave them a hug, or just spent a little time with them. I believe that many, in their hurry to be “doing this” or “doing that” really have no concept of how deeply these moments of God-acting-through-us intervals affect the world around us.

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