Motivation Monday

Life Vest Inside has had the very good fortune of finding writers willing to share their Kindness Stories/Articles with us. One of our special recurring writers is David Jablinowitz, Op-Ed Editor at Jerusalem Post, who is famous for his “bus stories.”

THE STORY OF 143

143 is code for I love you, especially used on pagers back in the 1990s and currently used while emailing and texting.
143 is based on the number of letters in each word of the phrase: I (1), love (4), you (3).
As the story goes, dating back to the early 1900s from Minot’s Ledge lighthouse off the coast of Cohasset, Massachusetts. The story begins in 1895, when the lighthouse changed its flash pattern after a recommendation that all lighthouses have numerical flash sequences. The order, one quick flash, four flashes, then three flashes, was apparently chosen at random.
In 1915, a new assistant lighthouse keeper, Winfield Scott Thompson, came to the Minot’s Ledge lighthouse. His family lived on a neighboring island and could see the flash of the lighthouse at night. According to legend, Mary Thompson, Winfield’s wife told their children that it was the I Love You flash, their father’s way of telling them how much he loved them from across the water.
Each flash corresponded to the number of letters in each word of the phrase: I Love You. This tale proved popular, so much so that the Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse is nicknamed the I Love You lighthouse.
Fred Rogers found much value in 143. Interestingly, Mr. Rogers weighed 143 pounds and he felt this was most valuable. He would use 143 often during his show.
I believe that more than any time in history, we need more Kindness and Affection. I believe that more than any time in history, we need to say “I Love You” more often. To say, “I Love You” might be a stretch for some, so maybe 143 might be a nice alternative.
~ Loren D. Lasher

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