There are so many opportunities for us as human beings to impact the lives of others. Almost everyday we are given the chance to make a difference. Yet, for some reason, our society has become so enamored with the WIIFM principle (What’s In It For Me?) that we often overlook the opportunities that present themselves.
A young man in the 1960’s certainly was surprised by his experience. Here’s his story:
One night, well after 11:00 pm, an older African-American woman was standing on the side of a Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.
A young white man stopped to help her – something generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab. She seemed to be in a big hurry! She wrote down his address, thanked him and drove away.
Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a giant combination console color TV and stereo record player was delivered to his home. A special note was attached.
The note read: “Dear Mr. James: Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes but my spirits as well. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others. Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.”
Monday Morning Perspective
“Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.” – Anthony Robbins
“Without selfless service, no one ever receives the fruits of their rewards.”– Sri Guru Granth Sahib
I know that our culture has taught the up and coming generation to look out for “Number 1”, but that lesson is one that will ultimately fail them. I know that in my lifetime my greatest achievements have come courtesy of the leaders and mentors I’ve been lucky to have in my path, and the best times of my life have been experienced with family and friends by my side. Sometimes we have to give a little to get a lot.
It’s imperative that we remember that we will realize the greatest growth and rewards when we act in service of others. The return may not be immediately visible, but it’s often immeasurable.
Have a wonderful week!
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