Some years ago, I was asked to speak to the Mexican corporate bar association – ANADE (Associacion Nacional de Abogados de Empresa) at their annual meeting in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Donna and I flew in to Mexico City International Airport and rented a car – Budget – for the 270 mile drive.
We pulled out of the Budget lot over the angled ground spikes and headed out onto the street. I adjusted the rear view mirror and noticed that a police car had pulled in about 100 yards back. Hmmmmm. . . . I kept driving. Carefully. After a mile or so, the police car put on its flashers and pulled me over. I got out of the car and held up my license. An officer got out, adjusting his Sam Brown belt and walked up. “You almost hit a car back there.” Bull. After some discussion, he looked at me quizzically and said “why are you here?” And I told him I was giving a speech to the Mexican Bar Association. He laughed, turned, waved and said “just be careful.” He got in his car and drove away.
Why are you here? I think about these words. In my heart, I believe that we are all “here” for some purpose. I love a quote of Albert Schweitzer – “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” Then again, there’s the quote of W.H.Auden – “We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for, I don’t know.”