The message was short and cryptic; when are you coming to see us? I know there are changes going on in their lives. I anticipate that they want to share new family members and personal skills with me. I replied that I hope I would see them in the spring.
As I think about the two, I wish I could give a shout out to the skeptics of yesterday. If I could, I would hold up the example of what those involved have gone on to do with the core strategy held within their hears. Each grasped the principle of treated customers with respect, compassion, and care. They understood that life is rarely measured by a single step. It is found and measured in the journey one travels.
If I could shout, I would ask each for something special. It would sound like Paul’s request centuries ago; “Would you do me a favor, friends, and give special recognition to the family of Stephanas? You know, they were among the first converts in Greece, and they’ve put themselves out, serving Christians ever since then.” (1 Corinthians 16.15) They got it early. They have made something with it.
I am encouraged by their journeys and the stories that come from each. They remind me that doing what is right is rarely easy, yet it is a aspiration that is worthy of the gods. The stories speak of enduring spirits, unwilling to let go of what they know to be true. There have been peaks, valleys, and muddy waters. In the end, not many noticed. I have. I wish more could know about what they have done.
I know and with that knowledge I have an opportunity to hold each up to others. They are not perfect, individuals never are. Yet they represent what happens when people follow their convictions and pursue the right ideals. Each deserves recognition and praise. Great ideas are meaningless unless individuals give them life through action. Circumstances may change, yet the opportunities remain with us. Today is filled with them. We make them real.