How many of your “teachers” are people you have never met? How many of your teachers are persons you will never meet in this life? One word answer for me: “Plenty.” Longer answer: so numerous they are like the stars in the sky. I am grateful to be alive in this “Digital Age.”
One of my teachers, Nkosi Johnson, is a young boy who died in 2001 at the age of 12. Not only is he a teacher (I hear his wisdom frequently and have used one powerful teaching in my “About” note on Twitter), but he is also one of my heros: I hope to be as courageous and loving as this boy “when I grow up.”
The “Word for the Day” on 3 August 2010 was this: “Do all you can with what you have in the time you have in the place you are.” It was Nkosi’s final word to an interviewer (a well-traveled, accomplished, and much older reporter).
A few simple words, filled with a wisdom far beyond his years, crackling with a power that comes from knowledge gained by experience. I hope that you will read more about Nkosi. I hope that you may welcome him into your life as a teacher and hero and even a saint.
Read more about Nkosi
One boy’s heroism in the face of AIDS – the interview on NPR from which the Nkosi’s was spoken