More Life Moments
Coined by rap phenomenon, Drake, but we took it a whole 'nother level.
#MoreLifeMoments or #MLM are moments that you experience in your life, that change your life. Simple as that. They may change your perspective, your opinion, or even the way you live your life or the people in it. It could start with a spontaneous conversation, an event, or a person. Whatever that moment may be, it is imperative that we hold on to these moments to invigorate ourselves and others, to remind ourselves that life is a gift, and we should treat it as such. Ultimately, we hope these stories encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and experience More Of Life.
#MoreLifeMoment #2: Reach Your Dreams…But Don’t Stop Dreaming
I’m currently a middle school English teacher in Newport News, VA. If teaching inner city students isn’t hard enough, try teaching 96 students with about 60% of them who do not care to receive an education on top of working faculty members who are not invested into their jobs and reaching unobtainable expectations placed by administration. Everyday (Yes, every day), I was frustrated, stressed out, and feeling overwhelmed by my career simply because it was not going in the direction that I had envisioned it. I was ready to move on to a different career. I could no longer stay consistent because I was not seeing a reward nor a change from my commitment and consistency.
One day, one of my students saw me sitting at my desk during my planning period with my hands placed on my face. He stood in front of my desk and said to me, “Mr. Sims! I just wanted to let you know that even though our class is terrible…very terrible, that I think you’re the best teacher at this school! You may not have an effect on all of these students, but one day you will inspire students across the world. You just have to keep dreaming.”
The fact that an eleven-year-old said that to me and it made me change my entire perspective still baffles me to this day! But he taught me what the secret to staying committed and consistent; the secret is to always dream! Be a dreamer of improbable dreams! Never stop dreaming once you’ve achieved your dream. Once we stop dreaming, we get comfortable and being too comfortable can detour us from our goals. For me, I stopped envisioning the change I could make in education once I saw the change I wasn’t making out the gate.
The answers to life questions can come from all different sources. You just have to be patient enough to see where it comes from and process why it was presented to us. Remember…HE makes no mistakes.
- John Sims
#MOrelifemoment #1: Inspiration in Unexpected Places
Living in New York City, you see a lot of homeless people. So many homeless people you become immune to the elaborate stories on the subway and blankets on the street. With the amount of individuals I see on a daily, never in my life did I think that a homeless person could actually be a source of inspiration.
Every day when I get off the subway, I see a homeless man at my station. He carries a dry erase board and has some sort of positive message written on a daily basis. I could be having the worst day in the world, but as soon as I read his board, I have no choice but to cheer up. It really makes me think if someone in this predicament has the ability to find light and provide motivation to others, what am I really stressed about?
One day, in particular, he had a board that said I was born today May 12, 1967. Reaching the age of 50 is a milestone that people celebrate but for Joe, reaching the age of 50 was a nothing short of a blessing. On this day I bought Joe some shrimp from Popeyes and spent an hour speaking with him about everything from faith to losing his son to the liver disease that he's dying from. Throughout it all, the strongest point he made is that God is real and with faith in him you can overcome any obstacle.
Joe inspires other people in ways that you couldn't even imagine. One day, in particular, he had a sign that said: "Things do not come to those that wait they come to those who orchestrate." This very sign encouraged a man that was a manager up the stairs at footlocker to quit his job and open his own business.
Sources of inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. We all go through tough times, but I hope this story inspires you to find the light in your situation. Before you start stressing and complaining about what you're going through take a second and Thank God that he brought you this far. If we had more signs like Joe, the world would be a better place.
- Nikki Abraham, 1/4 of The Nucleus
Your life is a blessing. you are enough. never give up.
"Life isn’t how many breaths you take, but it’s the moments that take your breath away."
— Will Smith
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