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Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington political powerhouse. media mogul. author.

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Norman Lear Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

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Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]

 
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Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

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Kia Miller Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

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Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

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Shannon Bindler Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

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Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

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Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

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John Thomas John Thomas history explorer. renaissance man. moral contributor.

Law professor, writer, film and record producer, musician, and creative risk taker, John Thomas recently penned Kalamazoo Gals which tells the hidden story of the women who built Gibson's WWII guitars. [www.kalamazoogals.com]

Choose your metaphor. No man is an island. A tree falling in the woods makes no sound. It takes a village. These phrases have endured because an isolated life is not as meaningful as one that is connected with the lives of others. It’s not simply that we need others to acknowledge the moral value of what we’ve accomplished, but that accomplishment without a positive impact on the world is morally neutral. Invent a gizmo or solve an equation and you’ve done something interesting. Use either to cure an ailment, assist the needy, or create art and you’ve made a positive moral contribution to the universe.

Simply put, we need one another. Knowing this and acknowledging the contributions others have made to our lives increases the readout on the worldwide meaningfulness meter. Anyone in a long-term romantic relationship understands this. Mentor and mentee understand this. Perhaps the best illustration lies in the parent-child relationship. No one who has ever had a child would consider disputing that despite the sacrifice, effort, and constant worry, a child’s very presence grants deep and true meaning to the parent’s life. Indeed, that additional meaning obtains, at least in part, because of the sacrifice, effort, and constant worry.

Recently I happened across a 1944 photograph that led me to meet people who enriched my life in ways that I’m still trying to fathom. The image depicted some seventy women lined up in front of the Gibson Guitar Company’s factory building in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Company’s self-published history proclaimed that it made no guitars during WWII and retained only a few seasoned craftsmen to repair existing instruments. Who were these women? Why were they all posing in front of a factory?

I eventually tracked down and interviewed a dozen of the women in the photo, learned that they’d built thousands of instruments during the war, and relayed their stories in my book, Kalamazoo Gals.  Finding people that time had forgotten, hearing their humble stories, and placing Laura the Luthier alongside Rosie the Riveter brought extraordinary meaning to my life.

It’s not simply our relationships with our contemporaries that matter. Our acknowledgement of our debt to our predecessors is important, too.  By connecting with others, we enrich our lives.

Reach out whenever you can, even when you have to reach into the past.

- John Thomas

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