(Excerpted from Aspire! Discovering Your Purpose through the Power of Words)

Help thy brother's boat across and lo! thine own has reached the shore.
Hindu Proverb

In old Hungary, along the Danube River between Budapest and Vienna, there was a village by the name of Kocs that produced the world's finest horse-drawn vehicles. Skilled wheelwrights fashioned these conveyances with spring suspension to comfortably carry royalty over the bumpy river road that connected the two great cities. These carriages borrowed their name from the small township where they were skillfully designed and came to be known as "coaches."

Originally crafted for aristocracy, coaches carried important people to their desired destinations in luxury and ease. Their compact, sturdy, and elegant design far surpassed any mode of transportation that had come before, and coaches soon became the rage of fifteenth-century Europe.

Over time, other forms of transportation adopted the term "coach." Passengers traveled the far reaches of the western frontier of America by stagecoach and railway coach. In Europe a motor coach became synonymous with a luxury car or travel bus.

But however far-reaching and prevalent the word has become since the first coach rolled out of production in Kocs, the meaning has not changed. A "coach" remains something, or someone, who carries a valued person from where they are to where they want to be...