After a summer at home working on the next book, it’s time for a short fall book tour. If you’re in NC, SC, or GA, I’d love to meet you and share the real-life history behind Before We Were Yours. For event details, Click Here.
A Bit On Hurricanes and The Dragonfly Principle…
One last thought before I go pack my bags. As I leave on the book tour, coastal areas farther south in my home state brace for the impact of a monster hurricane. Even if the mildest predictions come true, hundreds will face uncertainty now and the grueling task of cleaning up later. They’ll need help. Lots of it.
Years ago, a tour guide on a bus in Mexico told me this about storms:
“Before the hurricane,” he said, “I do not know my neighbor. We come and go and I look at him but I do not see him. Then the storm comes, and my neighbor walks to the fence. He gives me candles and matches, and I am not in the darkness. I give him cans of meat and crackers, and he is not hungry. After the storm, I never again come and go without seeing my neighbor.”
If you’re reading this, please take a moment. Say a prayer, send a check, make a call, open your home to someone who needs a place to wait out the storm. By mattering to someone else we make our own lives better.
I call it The Dragonfly Principle.
Not so long ago, I noticed a dragonfly flailing upside down in a puddle outside my office window. I put down my work and went out to rescue him. I don’t know why. Quite honestly, he seemed pretty well beaten. He was wet, and bent, and his delicate wings were missing a few chunks. I doubted he’d ever fly again. I let him hang around on my thumb a while, anyway. I like dragonflies.
The longer he clung there, the better he looked. His body unfolded, his bent wings moved back into alignment. A breeze wafted by and he tested them out a little. And then, he flew off, just as easy as you please, damaged wings and all. A little miracle.
Who knows, maybe he’ll make dozens of little dragonflies this summer and next year one of his progeny will eat the mosquito that was carrying a deadly disease onto my porch. Maybe in reality, by saving him I saved myself.
The Dragonfly Principle. You can’t do good without doing yourself some good. Maybe a lot of good.
I don’t remember one other thing I did that day. Not one. Not what project I finished or which big tasks I accomplished. But I do remember those seemingly insignificant fifteen minutes.
The fifteen minutes I saw my neighbor.
Thanks to dedicated reader friends, Before We Were Yours is now a multi-week New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon bestseller.