Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday Thought: Worth

I took a trip last weekend to Minneapolis to a customer site.   Nothing worth mentioning really technically.  But I did have two encounters that were worth mentioning.  I met two people in particular that made the trip worth mentioning.
The first guy was a native Afghan who drove me to the airport from my hotel.  He pulled up in a large black Yukon SUV and off we went on a 30 minute drive.  He was interesting to me.  He was 58 years old and had lived in MN for 32 years.  As he and I talked casually on that drive, it was just interesting to me how he had a lot of the same kind of thoughts that I have.  Things like work ethic, treating people good, family values, etc.  I could tell he was a good man.  And I was happy to meet him for the 30 minute drive we had.  Ill never see that man again.  But Ill remember that drive for a while.  The main thing I got from that drive is that I think people generally are the same all around the world.  I know the weird/crazy/etc ones are the loudest ones, but I think generally, people are basically the same all around the world.
The second guy I met was on the plane back from MSP to ATL.  He was a 55 years old and from Spokane, WA.  He has some interesting insights about life that I could really appreciate.  Some things that his father had passed down on to him and some things that he had just learned about life.  I enjoyed talking about comparisons between where we lived, pictures of our family, and just life discussions.  We had 2.5 hours to discuss things, and I'm very glad to have met this guy.  He said two things that stuck with me.
1.  The first thing he said was that a man's net worth does not determine his self worth.
2.  The second thing he said was that for everyone of us, it ends the same way down here.

Even though I only got to spend a total of 3 hours with these two people, I'm thankful to have had that time.  I think it may be time to be more in tune with the time I'm spending with people.  I'm working on it.

1 comment:

  1. Good insight Shane. I've been thinking along similar lines lately...I think as Americans we need to understand that we have a lot more in common with each other than we have differences. And if we could just take a bit of time to walk in each others shoes, even just a little, I think the fabric of our lives (and the country) would vastly improve.


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