Toward a new humanity

Sometimes we're stopped—perhaps for just moments at a time—and we find ourselves looking and listening with unexpected sensitivity to what people are doing and saying. Vignettes of ordinary people begin to take on the color and intensity of scenes that deserve to be captured in memory. Take, for example, a scene and some words overheard while I was waiting for my car at a neighborhood service station.

"Jennie, you do something good for people and they come back. They trust you. If you fix something and it breaks in a few days, you don't charge them again, you just fix it." There was kindness, experience, compassion, in the voice, not calculating strategy. The owner of the service station was talking to a high schooler who earlier had been wondering out loud what she was going to do with her life. As I listened, I felt the goodness in the man that drew out a teen-ager's trust.

Signs follow believers
May 18, 1987

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