Wonder Words – Moments That Take Your Breath Away

Moments that take your breath away

A few years ago, all round good guy, Fresh Prince & Hollywood A-Lister Will Smith did a little film called ‘Hitch’, in which he played a date doctor -a sort of a cross between a lifecoach, shrink & match-maker, who assisted Everyday Joes in getting the girl of their dreams. Amongst the various amusing scenarios, Smith utters various pearls of wisdom in the form of quotes; probably the most famous one from the film is as follows –

” Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away “

Normally, in my Wonder Words series I like to attribute quotes to a particular author, but in this case it’s a little tricky. It certainly wasn’t the smart Mr Smith who came up with this little gem. In my research, this quote often gets attributed to George Carlin, or Hilary Cooper, but the most likely source is from way back in the 1970’s when it was printed by Canadian company Carleton Cards, & because of this, the author was anonymous.

Whoever the original scribe is, they have left us with such a beautiful piece of language that I often call upon when I want to remind myself of the things I’m grateful for. Now, for you this doesn’t have to be material or expensive things – often times, just a memory or experience that really has an impact of every fibre of your body & makes you catch your breath with a sense of pleasant alarm or surprise. I guess for everyone it’s a bit different, but the common thread is that we all love the experience of having our breath taken away by something unexpected or unplanned.

So, if I put my Success Coach head on, a little piece of homework for you to play with is to recall something that took your breath away – really imagine it in your minds’ eye – see what you saw, hear what you heard & feel what you felt. Turn up the dial on all of those great feelings & experience them all over again. Then, in the coming weeks see if you can find a way to create a moment for someone special that just might take their breath away. These moments may be a little like diamonds in the dark, but it doesn’t mean we should stop looking for them, or indeed creating opportunities for them to arise for others. You never know – if the Law of Attraction goes to work for you there might even by a pleasant increase in the number of times you find yourself in a pleasant state of ‘ experiential breathlessness’.

Incidentally, a little share for you – one of my favourite ‘breathless’ moments is when my 4-year old daughter presented me with the picture you see at the top of this post. ( In case you don’t know, I’m the one drawn a bit like Simon Cowell!) This one knocked me for six when she gave it to me, & now has pride of place in a frame where I can see it often.

Let me know about your favourite moment that took your breath away – I’d love to hear your stories!


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2 Responses to Wonder Words – Moments That Take Your Breath Away

  1. Grant- How did you know how much I loved the movie, “Hitch,” including that famous line? This is such a wonderful reflection because it encourages us to be mindful of the joy-filled moments. They don’t necessarily have to be big and splashy. They can be moments like when your daughter handed you her happy drawing covered in love, or noticing the first blooms of spring pushing their way up from the ground. Allowing ourselves to look for those moments and then stop to appreciate them is a gift. Thank you for sharing this lovely reflection.

  2. grant says:

    Linda -Thank you for your insightful observations; I couldn’t have said it any better myself! Besides, Hitch is such a great movie too & it reminds us to capture
    those moments that we often ignore in the ‘white water’ of everyday life.

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