It was a bright spring day in London England. A man in his fifties, together with his wife and 4 children strolled by some familiar landmarks in this great world-class city.
When the family saw the London Eye they could not resist: they had to get tickets for the ride on the Ferris wheel….a ride that takes 30 minutes and provides a 360 degree view of London and some famous landmarks
At the entrance to this ride there was a beautiful poem:
Composed Upon Westminster Bridge
By William Wordsworth
Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth like a garment wear
The beauty of the morning; silent , bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky,
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did the sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne’er saw I, never felt a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!
When the family passed a telephone booth—those classic red old booths which are rarely used these days, because cell phones seem to have replaced them—he spotted Big Ben in the background.
It was at that moment that he realized some things in life will always remain classic. In this case Big Ben. It reminded him of the Westminster chimes in his own home in Canada, created by the wall clock—a wedding gift, now 21 years old
This man, now in his fifties reflected at that moment to his days in High School. It was the English class. On the wall was a poster showing Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The poster had these words in dark bold letters: When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life
Slowly he turned to his wife and children and told them this: If you chose to live a life by example, you will never get tired of life
(I took a photo of the red telephone booth with Big Ben recently when I passed through London. The man in this story happens to be me. My hope for you is to decide that living life by example is one of the best ways to live life.)