It’s only one moment. What can it matter?
- All too often, it’s long enough to disrupt the perfect opportunity for a first kiss.
- In a race, it can make the difference between a gold medal and last place.
- It’s just enough time to lose that great idea.
- One moment can determine whether the game-tying shot lands in the basket just in the nick of time or too late.
- “Excuse me. Can you please spare a moment,” is long enough for an unexpected sales pitch to cost you a good deal of cash.
- You might wait for it all of your life, while you pass millions of others by.
- For light, it may make a difference of a million miles.
- When you’re bored out of your mind, it becomes incredibly long.
- But when you’re having the time of your life, it’s gone before you know it.
- That’s all it takes to lose your temper.
- On the way to the emergency room, it can make the difference between life and death.
- In an apocalyptic novel, it will save the entire planet and all of civilization.
- A moment could be that critical stage between too soon and too late.
- It’s short enough to forget, yet long enough to savor.
A moment. So short. Yet sometimes so long.
Some of those moments are the most precious of our lives.
What could you do with one inch?
- Live another forty years because the bullet just missed your heart.
- Turn a very long foul ball into a homerun.
- Squeeze into an old pair of jeans.
- Score a hole-in-one instead of lipping out.
- Get your tongue to touch your nose.
- Make the difference between a tennis ace and a double fault.
- Scratch an itch on your back that’s just beyond reach.
- Be just tall enough to block the basketball so it doesn’t fall in for a three-pointer.
- Store terabytes of information by manipulating trillions of electrons.
- End the inning with a strikeout instead of giving up a bases-loaded walk.
- Deliver the mail and shut the gate just before a dog snaps its jaws around your ankle.
- Edge out a competing horse in a photo finish.
- Go on the roller coaster with the big kids, instead of crying and watching from the outside.
- Have your golf ball stay in bounds instead of needing to walk back to the teebox.
- Entice someone to ask for a whole mile.
An inch. So tiny. Yet sometimes so big.
You can’t walk a mile without first walking an inch.