What Audrey Hepburn said about “People”

12 Feb

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed: never throw out anyone.”  Audrey Hepburn, British actress

I think what grabbed my attention most from this viewpoint was that People are more important than Things. I attended a discussion this past week between two individuals vying for an open school board seat. The incumbent, a woman who is an “active” Christian said that she believes that life is all about relationships with other people. I strongly agree with this belief.

However, in today’s world, Peoples’ relationships with Things seem more important. For example, the other night I was having dinner at my church. I really wanted to visit with other people, but the couple across from me at the table were playing with their smart phones and were clueless to my interest in visiting with them. Did you know that most people only have 2-3 people in their lives that they can really talk to? Of the 7 billion people on this planet, only 2-3 people. Simply sad. (By the way, this planet only has the resources for 2 billion people, scary thought, eh?).

Since the beginning of my time, I have not been a big collector of Things. At this moment, I live in a one-bedroom apartment with very little Stuff in storage, pretty much if I had an office again, my Stuff would be in the office. As a good friend said recently, “you can’t take your Corvette with you when you go (you know, die)”  So why bother with big homes with piles of Things? Back in high school, I was “forced” to read Walden by David Thoreau. At the time, I didn’t realize it but his philosophy about living simply and keeping life simple has served me well in my life.

But back to what I think Audrey was thinking when she breathed the above quote. How many friendships have you made and lost over your lifetime? How many family members have you written off for whatever reason? Audrey advises us to “restore” (re-establish) those relationships. I was at the start of  “restoring” a relationship with an old friend and old teammate when he unexpectantly died just a few days after we had started to talk again. After he died, I read his memorial page through Facebook and witnessed how many loved and respected him as a man and a Christian. I never got to see that “new” man because time slipped on by and I didn’t make that particular relationship much of a priority in my life.

Audrey also advises us to “redeem” (to restore worth) to those relationships. At one time or another, that certain friend or family member meant something to you. What happened? Who cares now. The time is now to restore the worth to that relationship. What are you waiting for? I recently watched a video clip of Suzanne Somers (Chrissy) and Joyce DeWitt (Janet) from the hit show from years ago, Three’s Company getting “together” for the first time in about 30 years. After enjoying huge success from Three’s Company for five years and becoming pretty much best friends off-set, something happened (it really didn’t come out during this clip) and they hadn’t talked in 30 years until Suzanne invited Joyce to be a guest on her talk show recently. I thought, what a waste of time for two friends to let something (whatever it was) get in the way of their friendship. But hopefully now, they will be able to “redeem” that relationship and make up for lost time.

I have just started to unearth (by writing this post) a very valuable asset we have at our disposal, People. Thank you Audrey for reminding us that People are more precious than “any” Things.

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One Response to “What Audrey Hepburn said about “People””

  1. Mark Busch February 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    I love the Audrey Hepburn quote, I am going to use it sometime.

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