“When a great moment knocks on the door of your life,
it is often no louder than the beating of your heart,
and it is very easy to miss it.”*
I wonder if you, like so many hearing the “great moment,” have the first thought: “This is for someone else, not me.”
There’s a reason why this moment has come to you. It’s not coming out of the blue; it comes because of your values, your talents, the experiences which fill your life and make you, you – including the good and bad, together with the things you notice which no one else does.
To hear and respond, then, opens the possibility of something which will need to be described in new words and phrases – so different and new is it.
There’s even a game with minutes you can play. The kind of ordinary minutes which each days brings, in which you can look for the opportunities of playing out what your life is asking of you, this into each moment: a note to self, or to someone else, an idea to jot down, someone to help, an innovation to bring, a plan to make, a journey to begin, a new word or phrase to devise, moment of reflection, a walk of noticing … .
All of this helping you to develop: to become more adaptable, learn faster, move quicker, home in on new ideas and absorb them rapidly, produce new possibilities faster.
None of this is requires you be complete or perfect but simply willing to respond when the knock comes.
(*Boris Pasternak, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer for the 8th February 2016.)