It's The Small Moments in Life that Matter
Keep being Thankful
As the month of November continues, I am trying to come up with something that I am thankful each day this month. It can be serious, it can be funny. But, the challenge is to say the first thing that comes to your mind. I find this to be rather therapeautic, especially in a lifestyle that is constantly on the go and always focusing on the negative. So, if you dare, try this challenge with me, and for one month, speak out lout what you are thankful for each day. Who knows what changes might happen after this month of being thankful!
November 3, 2010
So today I am thankful for the small moments in life. The small moments in life that come across and make your day. These small moments might be the smile on your child's face or the funny joke that somebody said that made you laugh. It might even be holding the door open for an elderly person. Either way, it is the small moments in our life that make us who we are. Today, those small moments are what I am thankful for... especially one in particular.
This small moment, some of you might even think I am a little crazy, revolves around one of my clients at work. Basically, today I am thankful that I am able to eat a snowball snack cake faster than he is able to. Now, before you become confused, let me explain.
Awhile back I was at a comedy club. One of the skits they did was see who could eat a snowball the fastest. The winner gets to choose the next game. As I was speaking to my client about this skit, I suggested we have a similiar contest. From there it became a challenge; a bit of a joke because for awhile, neither of us ever brought this marshmallowy junk in to compete. One day as I stopped by the gas station for a bottle of soda, I saw these snowballs sitting on the shelf. I said to myself... "Self, you should pick up those snowballs and compete with your client. After all, it has been months since we have been talking about this." So, I bought the snowballs.
The whole day, I contemplated on how to eat a snowball the fastest. Do you just take small bites or do you shove the whole think in your mouth and swallow. Now, if you think this is an easy task, I challenge you to have your own snowball eating contest. This is not an easy task considering most of this treat is one large marshmallow.
When my client came in I waved the Snowballs in front of his face, laughing because I have been waiting for this all day. The challenge was on. The game - the first one to finish wins. He wins a free haircut; I win a $10 tip. After we choked it down, both of us trying not to gag, I ended up winning. Being a bit of a sore winner, I reminded him several times on how I beat him. Then again, I had an unfair advantage. He had just eaten a whole pizza himself before coming in for his appointment!
Now, last Friday, one of his friends (another one of my clients) brought in a box of green snowballs, otherwise known as GloBalls. Immediately upon receiving this treat, I took a picture, posted it on facebook and tagged my client asking if he was up to the challenge. With a reply of Game on... I waited until today for his appointment.
Once again, I was thinking of my strategy. The rules were the same. I tossed him his snowball and we started. I went with the small bites at first; He shoved the whole thing in his mouth. After I saw victory starting to slip from my fingers, I shoved the rest in. This caused him to uncontrollably start laughing. Obviously, this gave me a winning advantage! I finished the snowball only seconds before him, once again beating him in the Snowball eating contest!
Now, while this moment might seem strange to some of you out there, I find it rather refreshing. Not many people can say that they either... A. Can go to work and have Snowball eating Contests... or B. Say that they have competed against their barber in a Snowball eating contest. My client and I are a part of an elite group.
What makes this moment special is the fact it is memories like this that engrave you into the person you are today. Are you a person that would shy away from one of these competitions or can you step up to the challenge. Well, my client stepped up to the challenge. Now, maybe he let me win, I really can't say for sure, but he did promise that we will continue having these types of challenges until he finally beats me. It is moments like these that change your clients from just being everyday normal clients to an actual friend. Thanks for the memories!