The True Face of Mankind



“Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind”.
– Henry James
Today was a very special day for me.  I had the wonderful opportunity to be surrounded by a group of people who are true heroes and heroines.
A member of our team had a horrific experience the other morning.  She woke to the sound of the smoke detector beeping outside of her bedroom door at 4:00 in the morning.  She opened the door and saw her living room engulfed in flames and smoke.  She woke her husband, grabbed the baby out of the crib, hollered for her three other young children to wake up and she proceeded to crawl out of their apartment “going low” as she instinctively remembered to get below the smoke.  As she got outside of her apartment, she realized one child was missing, so she ran back in and woke up her daughter to get her to safety as her husband tried to extinguish the flames.  She pounded on her neighbors’ doors to get them out of the building before the fire spread.
Thankfully,  the fire was put out quickly and no one was injured.  The fire was contained to the living room but the resulting smoke damage to all of their other belongings is pretty significant.  Insurance will cover the bulk of their losses except for the Christmas presents under the tree…
Back to the true heroes/heroines of this story:  This woman saved the lives of her family and those of her neighbors,  I think that deserves to be called heroism don’t you?  
Some of her teammates at work took it upon themselves to solicit donations in the hopes that her four babies (ranging in age from 1 year to 11 years old)  could have a little bit of Christmas joy next week despite being temporarily displaced from their home for a few days. In less than 24 hours, approximately $800.00 was collected to support this family…I really mean our family.  Yes,  the tears were flowing this afternoon as we were able to present her with this gift – tears of gratitude not only for the monetary gift she received but tears of relief by all of us that these members of our little family were not physically harmed in the fire.
We have witnessed so much tragedy in the past week and our hearts ache for those who are suffering, however we also have witnessed true heroism as we reach out to one another to provide comfort and compassion for those in need.
The faces of these folks will most likely never be etched on a mountaintop, but they will be forever etched in my heart…
May God bless each and every one of you, keeping you safe and providing you comfort during your times of need.


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