It Only Takes Seventeen Seconds…

29 Apr

Today’s post is going to be short, just like the book I’ve been reading. I just finished The Seventeen Second Miracle, a tear-inducing, but profound novel about a man who tries to teach others that it can take only seventeen seconds to change someone else’s life. His father was a lifeguard, who while foolishly flirting with his girlfriend, let a little girl die in the seventeen seconds he looked away from the lake. His son, to carry on his memory, continues to do good deeds in small time increments, calling them the “seventeen second miracles.” The author, Jason Wright, challenges the idea that we are too busy to be philanthropists, too busy to help others on this rough road of life.

While walking out of the bank today, a stranger held the door for me and smiled as I passed. He didn’t have to do that. I am grateful because in those few seconds, he changed my attitude and with it, my life. I will probably never see him again, but he brightened my day. It’s amazing how a little gratitude can change your mood from worried, scared, angry, etc. to hopeful and optimistic.

Instead of seeing all the bad in the world today, I encourage you to see the good that is left. Who held the door open for you today? And tomorrow, how are you going to pass that on? Smile as you pass someone in the supermarket, stop to help your neighbor carry their groceries, call your mom and tell her how much you appreciate her, leave a little note for your spouse or family member to wish them a good day, ask your coworker how they are doing. It won’t take long.

You don’t have to have lots of money or time to make a difference. Small acts of kindness can be worth just as much or more than a huge check or a month spent helping orphans in Africa. You have a few seconds to spare… use them.

Care. Be compassionate. Change of the world. Seventeen seconds at a time…


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