Byron's Babbles

Every Human Interaction Is Eternally Important

Hamilton Heights (Indiana) Teacher Leader Academy participants making leadership parfaits

I have spent this entire week working in schools with teacher leadership academies or facilitating strategic planning. Spending time with everyone in a school setting is incredible. I absolutely love the interactions I have now in the work I do, but I do miss the daily interaction with students I had in the classroom as a teacher. Yesterday, I was reminded of this by the phrase, “Megs, every human interaction Is eternally important.” This comment from C.S. Lewis to Megs Devonshire in the historical fiction novel, Once Upon A Wardrobe, by Patti Callahan Henry made me reflect on just how important every interaction really is; even if just a smile or simple hello. The word “every” is very important in this phrase. Those interactions can truly make or break someone. This phrase reminded me, and I hope it does you too, of the value and significance of human connection and the impact it can have on our lives and the lives of those around us.

When I was in the classroom as a teacher I would shake every scholar’s hand before they entered the classroom. This was an important ritual that was extremely important and meaningful to both my students and myself. This interaction allowed me to really know the student in the context of that moment. You can learn a lot about a person when you shake their hand. Particularly if you have a meaningful relationship with that person and interact with them every day. The phrase “every human interaction is eternally important” suggests that each interaction we have with others is significant and has a lasting impact. In Once Upon A Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis was emphasizing to Meg, the importance of our relationships and connections with others, and encourages us to approach each interaction with care and consideration. Focusing on building genuine connections and being present in the moment can lead to more fulfilling relationships and experiences.


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  1. Olivia said, on May 19, 2023 at 2:54 am

    I couldn’t agree more with your profound insight that every human interaction is eternally important. In our fast-paced and often digitally-driven world, it is essential to remember the significance of human connection and its impact on individuals and communities.

    Every interaction we have, no matter how brief, holds the potential to shape someone’s day, offer support, or inspire positive change. Whether it’s a smile, a kind word, or a genuine conversation, these small gestures can create a ripple effect of positivity and contribute to a more compassionate society.


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