Why You Are Important

I read an article in the New York Times this morning about stone markers that were placed around parts of Japan’s coast to mark the high water mark of tsunamis of the 1880’s and early 1900’s.  Some towns built using these historical markers as a guide and were untouched by the recent tsunami.  Other communities constructed along the shore and were devastated.  One generation trying to leave important clues as a guide to those that follow is an honorable goal.  As time passed it was easy to forget about the impact of those historical tsunamis and to believe technology and other advances had mitigated the threat.  The confluence of innovation and tradition is where multiple perspectives are essential.  This juncture is where you matter.

Your role in whatever enterprise or cause you support is essential.  When you are not present or choose not to actively participate there is a void.  You hold a unique perspective that carries a wisdom that is irreplaceable.  When you are present and share your ideas the organization is blessed by your perspective.  You matter.  You very well may represent the stone rock that marks the line between success and failure.

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

– Buddha

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