Make the world warmer

“If the world is cold, make it your business to build fires.”   ~Horace Traubel

I had no idea of Horace Traubel was until today; however, I think you will see why he and his quote resonate with me!

Horace Traubel lived from 1858 to 1919 and was a working man most of his life.  Throughout his life, his passion was writing, and one of his major projects was the “Complete Works of Walt Whitman”.  This was a compilation of 10 volumes of detailed notes and discussions throughout their 22 years of friendship and relationship.

What is most interesting about Traubel was his view on relationships with others.  While he was individualistic, he was extremely quick to recognize the contribution of others.  He had unbelievable enthusiasm for life which many believe made him incredibly OPTIMISTIC.  In interviews, he often stressed how little work he could have accomplished or how little he would be worth without the incredible devotion he had received from several close friends and working associates.

Our relationships with others are instrumental in helping each of us grow and prosper.  My life lesson to all of you is to please build your relationships on the person and their character not their title, position and what they might do for you.  Make your relationships meaningful and make it your business to build fires.

As we close another week, I hope your life is “Just Fine” (listen to Mary J Blige’s song attached).  Share how you are helping to build fires to make our world a bit warmer and welcoming!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Warrior Poet Wisdom
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 12:03:16

    Wise and inspiring words. Thanks for sharing!
    Peace & grace,


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