Going through some old photos I found some from a trip to Israel. One of the fascinating things our guide and team leader taught us was practice of memorial stones that dates back to Biblical times. Passing through the Judean wilderness, which is more like a rocky desert, we would occasionally come across a few stones stacked upon each other.
Our guide asked us if we knew how the stones got there. Of course we looked at each other, the answer being too obvious to actually make a comment. He simply stated that whenever you see stones stacked upon each other that means someone has been there to do it. We smiled at each other and then he went on to tell why a person would stack the stones.
People in that area will stack stones as a memorial. When you see a stack of stones it means something significant in the life of the person happened there. The stones may be a reminder of the incident to the person who stacked them, or to their family, or travel companions. No one unrelated to the story behind the stones may know, but the intended audience will know being reminded of the significant event whenever they pass that way.
This tradition is time-honored and so no one will destroy the markers out of respect for the memory and experience represented. Also, when others pass by they may be reminded of their own memorial stone stories. This tradition is well respected and valued among the people of that area.
Great leaders celebrate successes with their team. They create “memorial stones”.
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