Check this out; Daily Prompt: Fifteen Minutes
You have 15 minutes to address the whole world live (on television or radio – choose your format). What would you say?
photographers, artists, poets: show us THE BIG MOMENT.
I probably would draw my motivation from the words of a prayer attributed to St. Francis and said to be made daily by Mother Teresa.
PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS
Lord, make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
where there is error, I may bring truth;
where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
where there is despair, I may bring hope;
where there are shadows I may bring light;
where there is sadness, I may bring joy;
Lord, grant that I may seek rather
to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand than to be understood;
to love than to be loved;
for it is by forgetting self that one finds,
it is by forgiving that one is forgiven,
it is by dying that one awakens to eternal life. Amen.
THE BIG MOMENT
The big moment is not necessarily the moment we stand before the crowd.
The big moment is neither the moment we have the opportunity to make a speech to the world.
The true big moment is a cummulative of the moments where we had no eyes watching, when we had the option to take decisions that nobody else will know about and when we were faced with pressure that challenged our deep beliefs.
Anybody can cook up any story or put up any act in the face of a crowd and in front of a camera, but do we really practice what we preach?
Our big moments start from our consciousness, our thoughts, our feelings, our physiological expressions, our words and our actions, whether in the most lonely of moments, in the presence of only a negligible few or in front of an entire crowd.
Meanwhile, I will not forget to articulate what thougths I might share if I have the chance to address the world.
I will ask questions like:
What is the essence of life?
What is the point behind life’s activities?
Why do we make every effort to preserve our lives?
Why do circumstances affect our emotions?
If nobody else is happy that you lived, what difference did your life make?
What is the gain, if all your successes were only to your benefit and to the detriment of others?
In my opinion, our bodies are vessels through which we express who we are and what we stand for.
As time keeps ticking, it is up to us to determine what stories will be told about us or what we will be remembered for when we are gone.
Every opportunity that comes our way should be to make someone else or as many people as possible happier.
What’s the point of this struggle and strife that has flooded the world due to differences?
What makes it compulsory that everybody must have the same preferences?
Why would certain people thrive by bringing others down?
Why would people be so selfish; desiring every praise and success to be attributed to them alone?
We must not live for ourselves alone, but must make every effort to make the world a better place, both for ourselves and for others.
Whether we dance, sing, talk or act before the crowd, we must have the interest of others at heart.
That’s precisely what makes a moment big.
Every moment is a big moment, if we seize it’s opportunity to increase hope, joy and love.
That also is precisely what I would do with the Fifteen minutes opportunity to address the whole world live.