Thank you Stephen
"It is noble to teach oneself, but still nobler to teach others."
Mark Twain

Thank you, Stephen
I was standing up to my waist in the bushes, in the dark, outside of our house a few nights ago and under my breath I thanked my cousin Stephen.

Let me explain. We've just had our house painted. And on the last day of the work, the painter asked us to open every window so they could paint the edges. We had to leave all the windows open until they dried.

When we went to close them around 11pm, the last two windows in the kitchen wouldn't shut. So, I stood in the bushes and pushed from the outside, while my wife, Liz, tried to crank them in from the inside. They still wouldn't shut properly. So I asked Liz to open them again and went to get a flashlight, a hammer and a screwdriver. And within thirty seconds, I fixed them with two taps each in the right place.

And I thanked Stephen, because when we were kids, he taught me how to fix things. I learned a lot from my dad and my grandfather too, but I apprenticed with Stephen nearly every day as we lived across the street from each other. He could take apart and fix anything, and he taught me to do the same. Occasionally he pounded on me too-well, nobody's perfect.

So I am the one who fixes stuff at our house, and I know how to do it because of him and just want to say, "Thank you, Stephen, for teaching me."

Is there someone in your life you can thank, or teach? You will be a blessing to them, and to others, if you do.
- Hank Frazee, Author of  Referral Upgrade   and  Before We Say "Goodnight"
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