You don’t have to be a fan of ‘Lost’ to appreciate someone trying to save the world one life at a time. That’s Desmond Hume- the 1 person in Lost continually seeing strength in people they do not see in themselves.
Desmond’s faith in others and his destiny doesnt come from his strength, it flows from his weakness. A defining moment of Desmond’s life happened when someone said to him, “you will never be a great man.”
“What you’re not is worthy of drinking my whiskey…how could you ever be worthy of my daughter?”
Widmore’s voice is that voice in my head that tells me I’m no one and will amount to nothing. Regardless of achievement, this voice will always find something I havent accomplished. Regardless of success, it will whisper to me somewhere I have failed. No matter who I become, it will point at someone “who’s become more” to show me I don’t measure up.
This voice is a lie. There is another life Brotha.
We can go through our mundane monotony, believing the lies about who we really are. Desmond leaves this moment, and out in the street realizes he’s not that weak man Widmore saw. He spends the next years reminding people of their true identity-that they have a part to play so much larger than the lies they’ve believed.
It’s people like Des who have kept me alive. People who see in me what I don’t have the strength to believe myself. You want to talk about leadership? A leader is one who who cares enough to wake us from the nightmare of living suffocated by the lies we’ve believed about ourselves. People who change our world see something in us maybe no one else sees…. and they help us see it and believe it ourselves.
Don’t just settle for listening to the right voices…. BE the right voice for others. If you and I have been lied to this much…imagine what others have believed. They need a new lease on life–life lived under the truth.
Being the right voice gives a person a whole new life. This is how we can say as Des does so simply…
“See you in another life, brotha”