I had one of those moments today. One of those tiny moments, so seemingly ordinary, that later shows you a greater facet of life easily left behind in the everyday hustle and bustle.
Today, I had to run for the bus.
I beat that bus to the next block. It pulled over at the stop, and I stepped up the steps, and swiped my Clipper card, and sat down huffing and puffing. And I made the bus I wanted. And I got to work 15 minutes earlier than I otherwise might have. And my day proceeded, presumably, much as it would have if I had waited for the next bus. Except that I had achieved what I wanted. I had made something happen just by changing something small about my attitude. Just by running for the bus.
And then, I thought to myself - what if all of life was like this? What if all of life IS like this? What if, every day, we each lived as if exerting only a bit more effort in our endeavors was the most important thing? What if we each pushed ourselves to the limit at everything we did without needing to clearly see the long-term difference it would provide?
This may sound cliche, and it may sound obvious, but that's fine. Because today I realized that putting forth even a small amount of seemingly "unnecessary" energy can actually change what happens to you. It might start as something small, like taking a different bus, and it might not matter now - but then again, it might matter. It might take you down an entirely different course. It might just change your life.