Capitol of the World

Read this in John C. Maxwell’s 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader this weekend and wanted to share it with everyone.

In a short story titled “The Capitol of the World,” Nobel prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway tells about a father and teenage son, Paco, whose relationship breaks down. After the son runs away from home, the father begins a long journey in search of him. Finally as a last resort, the man puts an ad in the local newspaper in Madrid. It reads, “Dear Paco… all is forgiven… I love you.” The next morning in front of the newspaper office were eight hundred men named Paco, desiring to restore a broken relationship. Never underestimate the power of relationships on people’s lives.

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