Of course Danny became the young man’s mentor, patiently explaining step-by-step not only everything he knew about diving as he took him through their in-house course, but everything he knew about the ocean on the many dive excursions they went on with each other, as well as everything he knew about running a dive shop. Danny had come to the realization that not only had his uncle’s example of living in a higher way than we usually expect changed the life of a young man who otherwise might have gone a completely different direction, it had changed his own life as well. Danny was the happy recipient of one of the greatest lessons anyone could ever learn, from one of the world's most influential people. Of course the young man benefitted profoundly from this lesson as well, but on top of that, he also went on to become the managing partner of Calypso Dive Shop’s newest location!
- Danny’s uncle Frank calmly faced a contentious situation.
- Frank reinforced his noble intentions with the physical gesture of putting his arm around the young man.
- Frank had the foresight to see that helping the young man solve his problem rather than exacting vengeance would have a far more beneficial effect on his rehabilitation in the long run.
- Frank knew that reproving his nephew Danny so that he would understand what he was doing was not necessary because his actions spoke louder than his words ever could.
- Frank wisely got Danny physically involved in this amazing life lesson by asking him to get the other equipment so he would be more likely to soften his heart toward the young man.
- Frank took the opportunity to provide a verbal lesson on the virtue of not stealing, but he knew the young man would be more receptive to hearing his points only after his acts of kindness.
- Frank didn't consider his work done after the attempted robbery, but continued his friendship with the young man.
- Everyone’s life was enriched because Frank had the fortitude to exemplify a higher way of living.
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