I began my five-week speaking/book tour across the South in the following way. I arrived promptly at the Dixie Queen off base and was met by the librarian. He escorted me on base. We went to the library and after showing me around, we made our way to a large conference table. Ten minutes after I was supposed to start speaking, a young black lieutenant sat down across from me.
“Hi. My husband suggested I come. I’m the reader in the family. He said your book sounded interesting, but he also knows I’ll be reading it before him.”
Later, I called my wife. “How did it go?” she asked.
“She left inspired”.
“Fantastic! What did she…she? Oh, no.”
“Oh, yes. But you know what?”
“I’ve never done this before. I don’t have a clue about what to expect. All I can say is that I inspired my whole audience. How could I be anything but thrilled?”
“Good way to look at it.”