Random Words of Wisdom
Sometimes when I start surfing the net, I end up in some unexpected places. No, I don’t mean those kinds of places! I just mean that I’ll start browsing pages about one subject, then drift to another, and on to a different after that.
The other day, while looking around at YouTube, I found a clip from an episode of Guiding Light, the CBS soap opera that holds the distinction of being the longest-running show in the history of broadcasting. It featured a tribute to actress Mary Stuart, who played Meta Bauer on the show. I don’t watch Guiding Light, but I remember Stuart from Search for Tomorrow, I show that I grew up with because my grandmother watched it. Stuart, incidentally, was an original cast member of ‘Search’ and played the character of Jo for the entire 35-year run of that program.
The tribute began with a clip from a Christmas episode, in which the character Meta delivered a few words of wisdom that themselves paid tribute to the soap’s origin in radio in 1937. Back then, the show had a more religious focus, centering on the character of Rev. John Rutledge, pastor of the Little Church of Five Points.
In the scene on YouTube, Meta, while offering a Christmas toast, explains that when she was younger, she listened to Rev. Rutledge, who was good at finding hope for people in trouble. She then quoted what was the show’s original credo:
“There is a destiny that makes us brothers.
No one goes that way alone.
All that we bring into the lives of others,
Comes back into our own.”
I was just thinking about that simple little message the other day, and it stuck with me long enough that I thought I’d mention it.
I hope that those who need to be reminded of that happen to hit this page.