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Help them believe in something bigger

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Five words changed Mitch Albom’s outlook: “Will you do my eulogy?”

They came from Albom’s boyhood rabbi, Albert Lewis. After mulling over the request, Albom agreed to do it, but only if he could get to know Lewis as a man, instead of the authority figure he had looked up to in his early years.

At that point, all the younger man knew of Lewis was “what an audience member knows of a performer: his delivery, his stage presence. ...” But, meeting with Lewis for an hour here, an hour there, Albom began to see the person behind the robes: the young man who’d washed out of rabbinical school but tried again; the man who’d climbed Mount Sinai.

And, by the time Lewis died eight years later, Albom realized it was the rabbi who had done him the favor: affording him “the profound comfort of believing in something bigger than yourself.”

Lesson: Lift back the robes and let your people see what drives you to believe in what you do.

— Adapted from Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom, Hyperion.

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