It was a fair number of years ago that a huge crowd gathered in the street outside a hotel in Glasgow, Scotland.
The folks hailed from every economic and educational strata. They had come together for a very important purpose.Â They wished to welcome home their victorious soccer team.
During the midst of the celebration a quiet, little man entered the hotel unnoticed. He wasn’t a soccer player. He didn’t amount to anything in the eyes of that great group of enthusiastic people.
That shouldn’t have been. While the soccer team brought home a trophy and civic pride, the unnoticed man had been responsible for many of them being there. Indeed, he was the reason many of them were still alive.
You see, the forgotten fellow was Alexander Fleming. Fleming is the man most responsible for putting penicillin on the shelves of the world’s pharmacists. Yet he went unnoticed. No one acknowledged his existence.
Penicillin is an antibiotic and is used to treat and prevent a variety of bacterial infections. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. Penicillin treats and prevents ONLY bacterial infections, it will not work for viral infections. Penicillin has the ability to cure people of many once-fatal bacterial infections. It has saved so many lives that it is easy to understand why it was once called a miracle drug.
Sometimes the important can be pushed aside by the inconsequential. And all too often, the thing we deem “important” are really inconsequential.
Food for thought…