I comes down to four experiences.
Watching my mom do it.
Discovering “The Man Who Planted Trees”.
Just lucked out one evening during my freshman year in college. This film is a love letter to generosity. I put it on every night as I fall asleep. It’s up on YouTube and embedded below. Thirty minutes that could change your life.
Attending Cornell Adult University (CAU) all four summers during high school.
Another incredible stroke of luck. One day during the fall of 1981, my mom was looking through a grocery circular at our local Shop Rite. On one of the back pages was a 1/2″-tall advertisement for CAU.
CAU is like my mom’s friendship-fomenting living room, but a few hundred acres bigger.
Growing up in the age of James L. Brooks and Norman Lear.
I spent a lot of time, as a kid in the Seventies, in front of the tube, watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Taxi, All in the Family, Maude, and Good Times.
It wasn’t until many years later that I realized how much of an impact it had on me to be kept company, daily, by the lovely friendships portrayed on those shows.