When I was on holiday recently, I went to the South Island of New Zealand and spent most of my time in Queenstown. If you have ever been there you will know what a spectacular place it is, with the mountains and lakes and great vistas.
On my return I flew into Christchurch and as I exited the plane and entered into the airbridge, the man in front of me removed his jacket. Wow, I thought when I saw the back of his T-shirt, what a great motto.
I snuck out my smartphone and took a quick picture. Once I had taken it I felt a bit guilty, given that I did not have his permission, or even knew that I had taken the picture. Admittedly, it was taken from behind so he was not to know. Nevertheless, I felt I needed to tell him.
I tapped him on the shoulder and said “I hope you don’t mind, but I took a photo of the back of your T-shirt – I hope that is ok?” He was fine with it and I went on to explain that I would like to put it on a website I have because of the message in the motto. He said he was fine with that and said he was keen to get the message out. He then went a little quiet, then explained that he had previously had a drug problem and this T-shirt was a public declaration that he was now free, and was just high on life.
Something I think, we could all take on board.