The possibilities of another person. Is there any anticipation on this earth quite like that one? Is there anything lonelier than being without it?Mitch Albom, The Stranger in the Lifeboat
I really liked this quote. I just started Mitch Albom’s newest novel, “The Stranger in the Lifeboat.” It is the story of a group of people that are in a lifeboat after their luxury yacht blew up in the Atlantic Ocean.
After three days floating away from the sunken ship, a stranger comes aboard the lifeboat claiming to be “the Lord.”
It is a fascinating story of belief, hope and faith of the people on this lifeboat with vastly different socioeconomic statuses and even nationalities. How they react to this newcomer as they drift out at sea hoping to be rescued.
The quote above is from one of the passengers longing for his wife to be with him. He is journaling to her on the journey, reflecting on their time together. This specific memory is the night they met.
Albom’s unique style of storytelling is powerful in the way he conveys a story and includes insightful nuggets such as this one that many overlook or might not even think about. The quote highlights the high value we should have on other people, our significant other, our kids, our dear friends–all of these people, including the stranger at the grocery store–have a very high value, and we need to treat each of them with the respect and dignity that they deserve.