I have never been someone who could just walk up to another person and start up a conversation. I’ve never been brave enough to just sit down with a stranger and talk. However, my best friend is one of those people. We became friends last year when I was sitting in the dining hall eating breakfast. She casually walked up to me and asked if she could sit down, then instantly struck up a conversation. We exchanged phone numbers, but I wasn’t optimistic. I honestly didn’t expect our conversation to really go anywhere after that.
However, that one moment of bravery actually started an amazing friendship. If she had not sat down and talked to me, we probably wouldn’t be friends right now. Who knows if our paths would have otherwise crossed?
That day taught me that the most amazing things in life can come from the simplest event. One moment can change your life forever.
Since then, I have learned that every day can bring new experiences. I don’t go to breakfast every day, but my decision to go that day led to an amazing friendship. As I recently reflected on that day, I decided that there is absolutely no reason to not be optimistic in the morning. I don’t mean that everyone should just jump out of bed and be happy… after all, I don’t like getting up in the morning, either. But I do think it’s important to be optimistic while you are lying in bed thinking about the day ahead.
I had no idea that on that seemingly normal morning, something wonderful would happen to me. So many times, I’ve gone about my humdrum day, and something completely extraordinary changes everything. I’ve learned that living in the moment and enjoying everything I do brings so much value to my life. I gain so much from being optimistic and finding joy in the everyday tasks I engage in. My best friend and I could have moved on from that breakfast, but because we didn’t, we each added a best friend to our lives.
It’s true that every day is a new beginning. We all have the power to make each day great. There is something special about being optimistic and seeing that there is something you can gain from each day of your life. You can’t change the past, and you don’t know what the future holds, so all you have is today. Fortunately, today can be a day of change.
Today is your day to inspire growth and prosper. Take advantage of every opportunity you can, no matter how small it seems, because each small chance can provide something truly magical. I have a best friend simply because of one act of bravery. She could have sat down with anyone… but she chose me. It was an ordinary moment that blossomed into something extraordinary. We can’t forget about the everyday magic. We need to be able to recognize that from the moment we wake up each day, anything is possible.
Sometimes, we have bad days; sometimes, life doesn’t go our way. However, instead of dwelling on the negative, we should keep our eyes on all the wonderful things in our lives. Nothing happens by accident. One tiny moment can transition into many larger, wonderful experiences. So, don’t lose sight of those magical little moments, because I wouldn’t trade mine for the world.