5. Ideas

I was eating lunch the other day and watched as a girl led by a seeing-eye dog made her way into the restaurant. She and a friend sat down at a small table; the obedient shepherd sat on the floor close by her owner. I noticed that the blind girl had her friend read aloud some of the menu choices, and it was then that the reality of her blindness hit me. In an instant, my entire world of thought changed, and whatever I was thinking about at the time was replaced by thoughts of this girl, her friend and that beautiful dog.


We cherish our independence, don’t we? We all want to think that we can make it just fine by ourselves — that we need help from no one. But in that, I think we’re sadly adrift. I think that now, more than ever, we need each other.


We need a touch, a kind word, a hug, or a smile. And at times, we need someone who can help us to our feet. We generally don’t like to consider ourselves a burden on other people. Yet our need for help will at times arise, and we will have to surrender ourselves to the strength of another.


As a people and a nation we should trust that our flight isn’t really a solo voyage after all and that along the way we may have to pick up a passenger or two. While the desire for independence is certainly understandable – even worthy of respect — I believe that we miss a great deal if we overlook the beauty of our mutual dependence.


Day 5 Guide


Think today about the beauty of our design as dependent people. Look around and identify those who are important in your life. Independence is sometimes a lonely place.


© 2005, Levi Hill

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