I’ve been watching a lot of The West Wing this fine spring break as my cable is out and I need some kind of distraction. (Reading isn’t as easy these days). This short tale is the most moving moment of Leo’s text from every episode. His character was the epitome of servant leadership. The line is from the Noel episode of season two.
This line completely represents a few people in my life right now without whom I could not currently be walking upright and getting through the day. To them I offer my thanks. If you are ever down in the hole, as I am now, I shall come in and help you out.
Leo: “This guy’s walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can’t get out. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, ‘Hey you. Can you help me out?’ The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, ‘Father, I’m down in this hole can you help me out?’ The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by, ‘Hey, Joe, it’s me can you help me out?’ And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, ‘Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.’ The friend says, ‘Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.’ “
That quote gives me chills and makes me teary. I love it.