Last Wednesday, we had a seminar with Yvonne Dolan, director of the Institute of Solution-Focused Therapy. One of the many fantastic stories she told us was about an inquiry made after the 9/11 bombings. Survivors were asked what question had helped them the most in the immediate aftermath of the event.
Surprisingly enough it was “Can I get you a cup of coffee?”.
Now why was that? Because it implied that the one asking the question believed the other person would live at least long enough to drink a cup of coffee.
This is a beautiful example of how small steps can matter. To me, it is another example of how important it is that life is about realizing that at its most basic level it is just about breathing one breath at the time.