In the months since a stroke turned my world upside down, I have relied on the kindness and generosity of others to get by. They have willingly helped in ways that I never even imagined a few months earlier.
All help is appreciated, but the way people approach this spirit of giving can be very different.
We just endured another election cycle. Some candidates took credit for everything that was accomplished, whether or not they had anything to do with it. But, conversely, they blamed others for everything they believed had gone wrong.
This is the exact opposite of what I learned decades ago as a young manager. I got some excellent advice that went something like this: A good manager accepts responsibility but shares praise with his team.
My point in mentioning this is that I get suspicious of anyone who takes credit for every good thing that happens in the world.
The people I have encountered have been just the opposite. Some have offered their help any time I need it. Others haven’t waited to be asked. Instead, they saw a need, jumped in, and found ways to help.
Many of these people don’t want any thanks or recognition. They help others because they believe it’s the right thing to do. They work behind the scenes whenever they can, even to the extent of remaining anonymous.
It has been an educational and humbling experience for me. Despite my limitations and setbacks, I feel more fortunate than ever before. My brain injury has allowed me to see the true goodness in people in ways that I might not otherwise have seen. I’m incredibly lucky.
My experience has left me thankful and filled me with hope. Unfortunately, we are often confronted with images of hatred and inhumanity, but I have seen the other side time and time again.
In a world where so many people quietly practice love and compassion, hate can never win.
Love defeats hate. Light defeats dark. Kindness defeats cruelty.
If we pay attention, we can find inspiration in unexpected places. I’ve seen it firsthand, and I’m eternally grateful.