When I saw this picture months ago I knew I’d be saving it and using it for a blog post eventually. It was nearly three years ago when I met my friend (and one of the Anything is Possible editors, Stephen Barnes). He introduced me to the word and concept of “namaste.”
For your reference, Wikipedia defines it as: “Namaste (Sanskrit: नमस्ते, Hindustani pronunciation: [nʌmʌsˈteː], from external sandhi between namaḥ and te) is a common spoken greeting or salutation used in India and Nepal. It has multi-religious or else common usage where it may simply mean “I bow to you.” That said, I have found it to mean that “because you are human, I offer my utmost respect.”
That is my personal interpretation. It is true that we are all humans and we should be able to respect each other, no matter what. We don’t have to be best friends. We don’t have to date. We don’t even have to have weekly coffees together.
But certainly we don’t have to hate each other. Certainly there is enough of that in this world.
If you have ten minutes in the next few days, take some time to watch this video. It is from this year’s ESPY Awards where the Ed Thomas family is presented with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. If you don’t remember, Ed Thomas was the football coach from Parkersburg, Iowa, who was shot and killed in the weight room a year after a horrific tornado destroyed parts of the town. The Thomas family’s resiliency and compassion for the killer’s family can teach us all something. Namaste.