Sunday, February 9, 2020

Taste and See

Faith, spirituality, prayer

Creating a moment

There is a ceremony from the 14th Century where young students were brought to the rabbi for instruction and they would lick some honey off the slate of the Torah. There are several reasons for this tradition but they all lead to making a memorable moment for young students. In “The Power of Moments” by Chip and Dan Heath, they describe what makes something a moment, “our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. If we embrace these elements, we can conjure more moments that matter.”

Licking honey off the of Torah elevates the learning of the scripture and provides a connection with the other classmates of a shared experience.

It doesn’t take much to make a moment. Add some ice cream and a high five and you’ve created a moment.

Over the weekend I challenged a group to create a moment of #holymischief by having ice cream and hugging or high fiving their server. It was small, simple,yummy, and memorable. Perhaps it was a moment or maybe it was just a treat. For me it was a moment. As I high fived the teenager that probably wanted to be outside on a beautiful February day, I noticed that he smiled a bit more which in turn made me smile thinking of the hundred or so other servers who had their hearts strangely warmed by an act of kindness over the weekend while my friends enjoyed something strangely cool.

We need more moments in the world. Even if they are small, they make this world a better place.

Until Everyone Hears,



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