When You Break Something Of Value

Today, it broke.

It was a cheap rubber wristband that I have been wearing for the past few months.

Nothing this cheap was meant to last longer than that.

If you know me at all, you know that I actively try to remove excess stuff from my life–so you might be wondering why I care or why I have a cheap rubber wristband in the first place.

Here’s what happened:

I was running one of my team’s LEGO® shows for kids in St. Paul, MN.

Part of our shows makes room for displayers of all ages. It helps get locals out to be part of the show and it helps kids network with other builders who are in their community. Pretty cool, right?

Well, one kid was so excited to be there that he brought these rubber LEGO® wristbands to give out.

When I spoke with him and thanked him for his hard work, he gave me one of his wristbands.

“Thanks for inviting me, I’m SO excited to be here,” he said.

It’s moments like these when you realize that what you do helps other people be themselves and be part of a community that encourages learnings, that you smile and realize it’s all worth it.

This kid had the time of his life connecting with older builders and meeting other kids just like him.

So no, it doesn’t matter that the wristband broke–because I will never forget that kid.

Take this as a reminder that it’s easy to confuse the value of stuff with the value of experiences.

2 Minute Action

It doesn’t have to be a wristband, but what can you give to someone around you to let them know you appreciate them?

  • It could be a handwritten “COUPON – Good For 1 Free BackRub.”
  • It could be a flattened penny.
  • It could be a pack of Juicy Fruit gum.

It doesn’t matter what the vehicle is, it just matters what sentiment you gave it.

It will take you 2 minutes to write a post-it note or give someone a wooden nickel with a story that holds meaning.

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