By: Skywalker – K104.7

It sounds very cliché but I had a reminder moment last night that a moment of your time can often make a world of difference in someone else’s life. I was intending to write a different column for this week’s Skywriting but I was so affected by the email below.

I was working Not So Silent Night, our concert at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, which is always a hectic event. It is a go-go-go type of night with not a moment to really enjoy the show or necessarily socialize with co-workers and clients. I take a lot of pictures and sign a lot of autographs for K104 fans. These exchanges are usually very brief as you try to get to everyone while still doing your job. Amidst the controlled chaos last night I received the following email on my phone (name withheld, email edited for spelling):

“Mr. Skywalker, good afternoon. It is 3:45 p.m. I just received a text from my oldest with you and my youngest daughter. I thought you might want to know the following:

“My mother (their grandmother) died suddenly the day before Thanksgiving and was put to rest one week ago last Monday. It has been hard on my daughters [redacted] ages 11 and 18. They have been very sad, out of it, smiling has been a rare thing in here since everything happened; they miss her a lot. They bought these tickets prior to my mother’s sudden death. I had my doubts that this was an appropriate thing for them to be doing right now. I now feel differently (good). I was concerned about their ability to enjoy themselves; I told them to have a good time and forget about everything else while they are there. I was EXTREMELY PLEASED to finally see a genuine smile on my youngest’s face for the first time since. Thanksgiving was rough.

“I just wanted to say thank you very much for taking a moment to let my daughter (she is a BIG FAN, regular listener) get a pic with you and make a difference in a what in my opinion has been a broken heart, especially [redacted] who you took the photo with; she was best of friends with my 80-year-old mother [redacted].

“Again, thank you Mr. Skywalker and 104.7.”

I must admit that after reading the email I stopped dead in my tracks and smiled to myself. The moment that happened literally a few hours prior I did not specifically remember but was recounted on the other end with such emotion. There are a lot of experts, self-professed life coaches and celebrities, that preach about karma, the golden rule and other life philosophies. I don’t claim to do that at all but I think that we as a human race needed to be “put in check” and reminded that a simple gesture of kindness on your part can in fact have more of an effect on someone that you know. Take the time to smile and interact and make a connection even at life’s most hectic moments. Character is defined as what you do when no one is watching.