Everyone Has a Story

Outside a train window

A 24-year old boy seeing out from the train shouted:

“Dad, look the trees are going behind!”

Dad smiled as a group of young people sitting nearby whispered snide remarks about the 24-year old's childish behavior.

Suddenly, the young man exclaimed again:

“Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”

The group couldn't resist anymore and they said to the father:

“Take your son to a good doctor, why don't you?”

The father smiled and said:

“I did. We're coming back from the hospital now. My son was blind from birth, he just got his sight today.”

How would you feel if you were part of that group?

Every person has a story, yet in our haste to draw conclusions, we often overlook it. As we debate whether we've entered a new century or not, we're still long on tools and technologies and short on insights and empathy.

It's hard to see things clearly when the things we look at seem to change so fast. Yet, like in a moving train, the landscape changes at a different speed than that of our perception.

The opportunity before us: make 2020 a year of vision and clarity. My work is focused on getting the story and conversation right.

Happy New Year.

P.S. Italy is celebrating Epiphany. What's the role of tradition in culture?

[image from an Intercity train between Bologna and Modena after a rainy day]

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