... our mothers.
They brought us into the world; taught us the important things, and have given us the opportunity to meet such wonderful people.
I think this stands on it's own very nicely, but for those interested in the backstory, it goes something like this.
We had finishing up a three day meeting with a small banquet; it was a time where everything we touched turned to gold*, so it was a marvellous venue. Halfway into the evening a leader came up to me and said, "In about ten minutes I will need you to mention your team and make a toast". And then walked away. Soon enough I found myself thanking my team for their hard work, raising a glass and making a toast to "our mothers". It seemed like the most appropriate thing to do.
I have used this toast every so often since; not only because I have it in my back pocket, but because I think there is a profoundness that I never want to forget.
It turns out the probability of being the person that "you are", has been calculated to be 1 in 10 followed by 2,685,00 zeros**. So when it is said you are a miracle, from a mathematical perspective, it's basically correct. This is grand reminder that we are given a great opportunity and should, to the best of our abilities, make the most of it.
We end up knowing a fair bit over a lifetime, but it is that foundational knowledge that we learn at a very young age that serves us the most - Honesty, courage, resilience, respect...
Everything we do, and everything we will ever do, involves people we surround ourselves with. Choose well and choose often.
It was also very good wine by the way.
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* As a quick aside, my experience with the "everything turns to gold" thing, is it ebbs and flows. Enjoy it when you are there.
** Probability calculated by Dr. Binazir and highlighted in an article by Dina Spector (Business Insider, June 11, 2012).