Embrace the Moment

On my first trip to Haiti in 2011 I prided myself on never riding inside our rented truck, I always rode in the back experiencing the Caribbean air mixed with Haitian smells . . . I embraced the moment.

Fast forward two years and in the summer of 2013 I was co-leading an internship with Coreluv International, and this summer I rode inside our truck.  

I was a little wiser and had already experienced the back of a truck on the three+ hour drive from Port au Prince to Gonaives (where we stayed for the summer).  This year our high school and college interns rode in the back and when we were about two hours away from our guesthouse it started to rain heavily.  Needless to say, our interns were soaking wet and we stopped at the midway point of the trip for people to use restrooms.  When I saw them, I immediately said “embrace the moment” and a phrase was born.

Embrace the moment means to realize you will likely never be in this situation again and to appreciate how amazing the moment really is.  How many people can ever say they rode in the back of a truck in a rainstorm while traveling to a small town in Haiti for the purpose of serving orphans for the summer?  

That is a great story!  

It was not comfortable, yet that was a moment that needed to be welcomed.  Throughout the internship we would routinely say “embrace the moment,” whether that was the power going out daily, playing soccer with orphans, or letting the intern leaders cook dinner for the team (sorry about that!).  During the tremendous summer we all grew spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically.

We should all acknowledge small moments in our daily life, and I specifically want to highlight our professional life.  Many people enjoy the comfort of a job even if they know it is not what they were meant to do because they fear uncertainty.  I know as I was one of those people.

Recently, I left a great job.  I was one of the youngest consultants at a boutique firm, enjoyed my co-workers, and loved the clients I worked with; however, I never fit in the position.  

I was always thinking about my own company, Elisha Consulting, that I started while in an MBA program and worked on at night while at the aforementioned consulting firm.  Internally, I knew that I was intended to run Elisha Consulting, yet I was afraid of the unknown.  

Can I make the business work, will I be able to get clients, and what if nobody answers my emails/phone calls ever again (dramatic music plays in background)?

The answer is simple . . . embrace the moment!

  • Embrace the fear of not knowing where revenue will come from
  • Embrace failing over and over until it works
  • Embrace wearing every hat in a new business to be lean
  • Embrace having people question what I am doing
  • Embrace being different from a majority of the world

So that is what I am doing, I am embracing the moment and moving forward with my marketing consulting business full-time. My website is now live, I am reaching out to contacts, and am positioning myself to go after my dreams.

As cliche as it is to quote Steve Jobs, he has some great ones:

“Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

Look around at your life, you are either where you want to be or not, it really is that simple and obvious.  If you are where you want to be then cherish your time and continually grow.  If you are not where you want to be, then it is time to grasp uncertainty and push yourself to new limits! 

Feel free to contact me at mavery@elishaconsulting.com for more information on my company or if you would like to discuss how you can make the leap to where you want to go.

Photo: Geetanjal Khanna