We have previously discussed the details of one of my favorite knives I have had the privilege to carry; the Code 4 tanto blade produced by Cold Steel. Please refer to the specifics of this knife on the blog, “The Benefits of Reward Points”, posted on 11/19/2018. The Code 4 that I gifted myself from my reward points, is the same one that I gave away in this blog.
The recipient of this knife was a young man, age around 14 years, whom I met at a quinceanera. The young man lived in Mexico and was in town visiting family for this event. He was acting mostly as an interpreter between myself and the rest of the family. As I got to know him, I grew to appreciate his maturity and the way he carried himself. This young man was indeed just that…a young, man.
Throughout most of the event, I couldn’t shake the growing thought that I needed to honor this young man with the Code 4 I was carrying in my pocket. I had only recently received my Code 4 and didn’t want to give it away. But more than that, I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to honor this young man.
I then asked his parents if they would have any objections that I give him this knife. They did not. As I was explaining that I was giving this knife to him to invest in him and value him, I could tell that he had not received a gift such as this in a long time, maybe not ever. The expression on his face showed humility, excitement as well as a sense of worth. It was definitely a wonderful experience.
The above story is one implication of the phrase that is often repeated: Live a life “of honor”, but live it on the “Edge”. If we are not ready at all times, we will often miss opportunities to invest in the lives of others.