Never Throw Anyone Away
I have a story to tell you,
This story is taken from the book, 1: How Many People Does It Take to Make a Difference? The book tells the story of Sam Levinson and the letter he wrote his daughter hoping she would read it over and over as she grew older. This is part of the letter,
“We leave you a tradition with a future. The tender loving care of human beings will never become obsolete. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed and redeemed. As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands - one for helping yourself and the other for helping others. Never throw anyone away.”
Yesterday’s eclipse was an unexpected reminder of how amazing a life we live and how wonderful it is when you can share things that are incredible-to-witness and barely-capable-of-truly-comprehending with those around you. We made three pin-hole projectors, had a rather large binocular/projector setup and even had two pairs of glasses to view the eclipse. We had four neighbors share in our overabundance, two little boys running around like crazy and one deaf dog. Perfection.
I remember watching an eclipse when I was younger with my father who had brought home x-ray film from the hospital he worked at for us to look at the sun. I have since learned that wasn’t the safest way to do it, but what I learned the most was the warmth and fullness that comes from sharing something 400 times smaller block something 400 times further away. What? Right! Amazing.
The eclipse was a perfect time to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed. It’s at that point you are reminded that every second we breath and every inch we travel is precious and you can never throw anyone away.
Here is to great stories,