86 400 sec….

….in a day – Don’t believe me, add it up. 24 hours x 60 minutes x 60 seconds. That’s all we have and we aren’t even guaranteed that, at best. In the Kris Allen song Live Like We’re Dying, Kris sings these lyrics, “86 400 seconds in a day, to turn it all around or throw it all away, gotta tell them we love while we gotta chance to say, gotta live like we’re dying.” Every day, every moment, every second, we are given the chance to make a difference. The difference can either be good or bad, but it’s up to us. We can turn our whole life around in just one day or we can throw it all away. And it’s not just our lives that are affected; it’s also the lives of those around us. We might not even know that we have changed the course of our lives, but every decision makes a difference.

Ok, you might be thinking, “My decision to stay on facebook for ten more minutes instead of going to bed isn’t really a big deal.” It might not seem like it, but it is. Btw, I’m preaching to myself as I write this down. But if you’re like me, those ten extra minutes turn in 30 minutes which turn into an hour or more, and that does make a difference. The decision to stay later at work because someone can’t make it, impacts more than you think it does. At the time, you might be thinking, “My boss must think I don’t have a life,” but in reality your manager is thinking, “So-and-so is always/usually willing to cover for someone or work late if we ask him/her. Maybe we should give them more hours/more pay/better benefits.” That decision to stay and cover for someone makes a difference, even if you can’t see it.

Imagine this: you’re walking down the road to your best friend’s house for a ‘School’s out’ party and you see “Charlie”. Charlie is a kid whose dad is a drug-dealer who just got arrested for possession and intent to deal on school property and whose mom committed suicide after killing his little sister in a fit of anger. Charlie’s the quiet kid you often ignore and when you do think of him, it’s with pity and amazement that he’s still alive. But tonight, you notice that he’s been crying and that’s something wrong. You initially walk past him, I mean, you guys aren’t friends and for all you know, he might be high on drugs, but you turn around and invite him to the party. He agrees, although he skeptical, and you guys get to talking. Later, you notice that it seems like he’s actually enjoying himself. Because school is out and you’ve been busy with work, you don’t see Charlie again til school starts. First day of school, first period and you notice that Charlie is really happy and has a ton of friends. Charlie comes up and says, “Hey man, that night when you invited to the partay? Yeah, dude, you changed my life.”

Now while you didn’t see this change happen, you were a part of it. Sometimes, the changes that need to happen, are the ones that are the least noticeable. Remember the whole ‘ten-more-minutes-on-facebook-thing’? Yeah, even an extra hour of sleep makes a difference. For all you know, you might have a pop quiz(how I hated those) in your worst subject the next day and because you actually got some sleep, you might pass it. Which means, you might make the grade, which could change the rest of your year in school. Who knows?

Remember: Every second counts, every thought, every action. Just because you can’t see the difference doesn’t mean there isn’t one.

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