--by giggles, posted Jan 11, 2007
For the next 2 hours, we went around the bay area distributing the magazine and throughout the drive, he was telling me about the ending year, his dreams for the magazine for the next year, his insights, ideas, hopes... Once the job was done, we checked into a Starbucks and he went on for another 1 hour.
In the end, I told him that he reminds me of Paul Farmer, the Infectious Disease specialist in Haiti who, sitting in a tiny hospital in Haiti, has created enormous impact worldwide in the treatment of AIDS and TB. I told him how Paul Farmer walks five miles up the mountain to make sure a patient is taking his medicine.
My friend was delighted. He said Paul Farmer's life is a reinforcement that what really matters is the 'here and now', the 'small and concrete'. And those people who are the daily 'doers' are the ones who make any difference to the world.
I wished him a happy new year and he said, "Wow, what a way to end a year and start a new year, thanks a lot."
I am not usually very good at doing simple things that mean a lot to someone. But I felt good that I could see the opportunity this time. Simply spending time with my friend and listening to him meant a lot to him. And to me.