Updated: Nov 10
We have the opportunity in each moment to practice gratitude. We also have the opportunity in each moment to treat each other with dignity, respect, compassion, elegance, grace, and a sense of collaboration.
We must pause for peace and humanity and realize how we treat each other is what life is all about.
They call it a "New York Minute". I call it a "New York Moment". Wherever you are, pause in the midst of the hustle and bustle and attend your moments with awareness and contribution.
Our recent trip to New York City included these moments.
-Pause for the child on the subway in the green athletic shirt and green hat singing. Afterwards, he turned his hat upside down to collect money from us and others. The he moved with an adult to the next car. The people sitting next to us said, "Life on the streets of New York."
-Pause for the man begging "help me I'm homeless and hungry."
-Pause for the couple in diamonds and very fancy clothing, who were impeccable, aside from their arguing about where to go for dinner like no one was around them.
-Pause for the man in his wheelchair and his friend, who had a two hour daily commute and paused to share their lives with us.
-Pause for the man, woman and their adorable son at the Rockefeller Center Tree. They were all dressed for the occasion of seeing the tree. It was fun to take your pictures and thank you for taking ours.
-Pause for the young lady taking the call at the hotel with an irate caller and her smile through it as she gracefully solved the crisis.
-Pause for those visiting the city who spoke the common language of a smile.
-Pause for the man in St. Patrick's Cathedral who lost his ear bud and none of us could find it.
-Pause for those lighting candles at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
-Pause to appreciate those who keep us safe in crowded spots and busy places.
-Pause to create pause for people who don't have pause.
-Pause for the lady in the Fendi coat and purse at Starbucks who allowed at least ten people to go ahead of her and she took a call about her ailing mother and was in tears in the moment.
-Pause to look around at history, think about history, and be respectful and silent.
And the moments pass....
People often wonder what success is and how to create success. The success is in the pause and peace we create, as we boost the momentum or actions or are submerged in the surroundings. Success is the awareness we carve out to pause for humanity, create the energy of peace, and become acutely aware of those around us and are in tune with how they actually are and how you can participate in that moment.
Pause for Peace and Humanity in the moment.
About Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino
As the Founder of The Best Ever You Network, Elizabeth is the author of the award-winning and best-selling books The Change Guidebook - How to Align Your Heart, Truths, and Energy to Find Success in All Areas of Your Life and PERCOLATE - Let Your Best Self Filter Through. Since 2008. The Best Ever You Network provides personal and professional development in multi-media format and has grown into a brand with more than one million followers on verified social media platforms and millions of radio listens and downloads on The Best Ever You Show.
Guarino is a certified master coach, has helped and trained individuals and organizations around the world be their best and achieve world-class excellence with gratitude-based behavior and belief systems. She is one of America's foremost personal and corporate development consultants, trainers and speakers, specializing in change, world class success and leadership.