This powerful and touching story (and application of our material) comes from a friend and colleague, Renee.
When I emailed her to ask how she was, with grace and humility she responded with this note. I always knew she’s special, but this story confirms it. Enjoy!
John, life is wonderful here! Thanks for asking!
I must say, just yesterday I experienced what I consider a sacred QBQ! moment. While walking back to my car after a lunch meeting in downtown Denver, I came upon an elderly gentleman who had taken a bad fall on the sidewalk. I asked a group of bystanders if they had called 911. They had.
What broke my heart was, yes, this fellow was surrounded by whiskey bottles, but no one was down on his level, no one was really there with him in his pain.
So, I sat down beside him, held his hand, asked him his name, and told him I was grateful to meet him. I assured him he was not alone, we were taking care of him, and he had nothing to worry about.
The biggest smile came across his dear face—and he kept squeezing my hand over and over again. Every time I reminded him he wasn’t alone, he smiled. This man had the most incredibly kind eyes. He brought immeasurable love through his steady gaze, and his beautiful life-worn hands. A simple, yet profound connection. I am deeply touched by it.
I think that’s why we’re here—to ask the QBQ, “What can I do?” and really be there to help others, whether for a moment or a lifetime.
Renee, allow me to share my first thought: You done good. ?
Yes, the QBQ! book gives us a practical “how to” for serving people, but everything good begins with people who want to serve.
That is surely Renee. And you, right?
How have you applied QBQ!?