I came across this Instagram post, thanks to Swiss-Miss. This is a photo of Albert EINSTEIN, Edwin HUBBLE, Walter MAYER and others, standing at the Mount Wilson Observatory in Pasadena, California in 1931.
I don’t know the origin of the text in the image, but “posse of misfits” made me think of the idea that steel sharpens steel. A quick search landed me in the Bible (Proverbs) as an early source of the phrase, which was originally “iron sharpens iron…”.
It reminds me how important it is to find a tribe. Your tribe. Your band of humans, who support and challenge you — and you, them — so that you sharpen each other; making the task of cutting through work and life, easier and more efficient. Making each other better, and filling each other’s gaps — which I believe, is one of the important responsibilities of friendship.
It’s not a coincidence that these men made significant contributions to the human body of knowledge during the course of their lives. It’s also not a coincidence that they spent time together; collaborating in ways that made their own individual work and lives, better.