From The Storyteller
Hello All: Today's story is intended to give us comfort when the lives of others we love seem to have more speed bumps than necessary. Enjoy. Doug
“Everything is as it should be”, quoting Russell, the rigger who climbed the mast of our sailboat many times. Having repeated it many times without giving Russell credit, I now give credit where credit is due. Over the years I’ve lost track of him, so I have no way of knowing if my recognition will ever reach his ears.
Which brings me to fact that many of the bits of wisdom, and foolishness, that I use in my daily conversation came from others, and I shamelessly have used their words without giving them credit. Unfortunately, unlike “Russell’s quote” I have no way of recalling who said what and when. While this lost history may be from old age and a bad memory, my thoughts go in a different direction. My life’s encounters have included so many interesting, intelligent, wise people, that there is no way for me to name them all.
Which leads me to recognize that the men and women who have shaped my life, probably don’t have a clue about how much they influenced the raising up of Doug. I say this because first, I’m personally clueless about the impact I’ve had on the lives of others, and more importantly, each of us truly has been raised up by a village.
Yes, raising people naturally includes input from many, and family, friends, and teachers do play an important role in helping others form their decision-making process. Thankfully however, everything those folks say and do - is not your “FAULT”.
Parents, teachers, friends, take comfort in the fact that your impact is limited, and that friend, student, or child has a mind of their own. Note: At some point, loving them for who they are is the best we can do.
Moral: It is surprising what the people we know can come up with.