Yesterday after church I buzzed up to the house to take a few pictures of what was left of my neighbors homes. I got the chance to chat with some of them and hear about how they were dealing with the loss. There is certainly a lot of sadness and shock going through our community but there is also a lot of support. Times like this cause people to connect in ways that they hadn't been before.
I think our world needs to become more connected in ways that don't involve broadband lines or cell phones. We need to be present with one another. This morning I got reading a book on my Kindle that I have no idea how it got there. It's called "The Only Way to Win the Race of Life" - Maybe my dad snuck it on there but there was a great story that this teacher told.
This teacher had been studying and teaching like crazy at his school as well as speaking to huge crowds reaching hundreds of thousands of people a year and was passing on incredible things to his students as a result. But at the end of each year the graduating students were always allowed 15 seconds to thank whoever had the biggets impact in their life and year after year his name was never mentioned. He came to the realization that influence in people's life had a strong correlation with a personal investment of time. This story came as a huge smack in the face to me. I often fall into the trap of thinking more is better when reaching more people is useless if I'm not connecting with them.
Times like this make me want to unlplug and connect.