The other day, a friend sent me an e-mail called, “Lest We Ever Forget.” Attached to the e-mail were a dozen or so photos of a woman I’d never heard of before—Mrs. Irena Sendlerowa. Who was this smiling, gentle-faced woman?
As I read my friend’s e-mail I learned that Irena was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for her role in saving hundreds of children from almost certain death in the Nazi concentration camps—2500 children in all. Throughout her long life, Irena insisted that she did nothing special. In fact, she said she’d been brought up to believe that a drowning person must be rescued, regardless of religion and nationality. Mrs. Sendlerowa declared, “The term ‘hero’ irritates me greatly…. I continue to have pangs of conscience that I did so little.” Truly amazing!
Though I wouldn’t dare compare myself to Mrs. Sendlerowa, I was also brought up to help others, to reach out to those who had even less than we did, to give back with our heart & hands. I was taught that true wealth had nothing to do with how much money you had. True wealth was about investing in others not because it was the right thing to do… but like Irena, it was the only thing to do.
You never know whose life you will touch. And in the grand scheme of things, it’s not really your business to know. It’s simply your business to be kind, generous, & reach out to others.
Ask yourself, whose life is different today because of your touch?
The truly wealthy are those who give until it feels good.
Pass It On!
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