The Monga Express was rapidly running its lap. Kids were screaming in delight while adults scurried out of the way for the wooden replica train making its round at the Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre. The open main-street store type mall was carefully planned. Even the train service for young kids was planned to look chaotic, much more so than it actually was. As the train swung to a stop, a five-year old boy jumped out. His grandmother had been patiently waiting. Her silence reflected the years and an awareness of how special the moment was. The boy shook himself, stood tall, and strutted towards his grandmother.
“You should have seen me! I was awesome. The ride was crazy but I kept my cool.”
His grandmother smiled, saying little. His energy kept bubbling over.
“You are the greatest! I know I did not want to go. It was awesome.”
His pride knew no limits. His confidence was bubbling over. The boy was a man.
I watch in amusement. The train’s designers would have been proud. The mall’s management would be congratulating everyone around them. Everyone would be more confident because what s/he had planned actually worked. The young boy had a memory that would last for a long time. It was etched in his heart and mind. I know it will be replaced with others shortly. I wonder how often he will remember.
For now, he would brag.
I saw a caricature of myself in the little boy. I have no doubt that he believed in his perspective as I do mine. There is a bigger perspective to everything. Two reminders I find myself holding onto.
First, Paul’s advice; “I don’t want to hear any of you bragging about yourself or anyone else.” (1 Corinthians 3.21) Every accomplishment can be seen in the context of something greater. We should celebrate, be confident, and remember without thinking that we are the greatest.
Second, enjoy every moment. Memories can be created at any point in time. Living fully and completely in the present is our gateway invitation to more.