‘I just saw what was going on and did what I could to help.’
Survivor Vera Gissing said:
‘I owe him my life and those of my children and grandchildren. I was lucky to get out when I did and having the chance to thank Nicky was the most precious moment in my life.’
As far as he is concerned, his actions weren’t anything extraordinary.
Continue reading Extraordinary Ordinary Part II or Be Prepared.
Extraordinary for anybody else.
You see she was compelled to do it. It was her Temperament.
Irena Sendler saved twice as many Jews from death as the celebrated Oskar Schindler, who inspired Steven Spielberg’s film: Schindler’s List.
Irena Sendler (Sendlerowa) was just 4′11″ tall, with dark eyes set in a round, smiling face, her friends described her as a warm, yet quietly determined individual, with an exceptional organizational skill.
Those who knew her say that it was always Irena’s nature to help. Though she lost her father at an early age, his dedication to others—reinforced by her mother’s example and words—made a deep impression on her. Though still young, she already had a history of responding to those in need, helping others, and of defying rising anti-Semitism to reach out to and stand up for Jews.
“My parents taught me,” Irena had said, “that if a man is drowning, it is irrelevant what is his religion or nationality. One must help him.”
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1.a. The act of entailing, especially property.
b. The state of being entailed.
2. An entailed estate.
3. A predetermined order of succession, as to an estate or to an office.
4. Something transmitted as if by unalterable inheritance.
What, we might ask, is this thing called “temperament,” and what relation does it have to character and personality? There are two sides to personality, one of which is temperament and the other character. Temperament is a configuration of inclinations, while character is a configuration of habits. Character is disposition, temperament pre-disposition. Thus, for example, foxes are predisposed — born — to raid hen houses, beavers to dam up streams, dolphins to affiliate in close-knit schools, and owls to hunt alone in the dark. Each type of creature, unless arrested in its maturation by an unfavorable environment, develops the habit appropriate to its temperament: stealing chickens, building dams, nurturing companions, or hunting at night. [Please Understand Me II]
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A Hero for Children
A Hero for the World
“There is no greater insight into the future than recognizing…when we save our children, we save ourselves”― Margaret Mead
Pushpa Basnet, Protector Guardian, started her career at the age of 21, while she was still an undergraduate in Social Work. As part of her college assignment, she visited the women prison in Kathmandu. She was dismayed at seeing the conditions of children living with their parents behind the bars. She raised 70,000 rupees (roughly $885) from her close friends and sister, and started a non-profit organization — The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) to provide a day care program to the children, in 2005.
In 2007, she opened a residential home for kids to live outside of prison year round while still visiting their mothers on holidays. Today, she has assisted more than 100 children of incarcerated parents. She runs a day care center for the prison children and a residential home for older ones. She has also helped to provide alternative residence, school enrollment, free meals and medical care to them. [Wikipedia, revised]
A kind of Mother Teresa of Nepal, Pushpa Basnet is providing a safe place for children to grow up.
Wanting to be of service to others, Protectors find great satisfaction in assisting the downtrodden, and can deal with disability and neediness in others better than any other type. We are lucky that Protectors make up as much as ten percent the population, because their primary interest is in the safety and security of those they care about – their family, their circle of friends, their students, their patients, their boss, their fellow-workers, or their employees. Protectors have an extraordinary sense of loyalty and responsibility in their makeup, and seem fulfilled in the degree they can shield others from the dirt and dangers of the world. [Please Understand Me II]
She won the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year Award and but represents the numerous unsung Protector Guardians that serve their fellow man without any recognition.
She was “tired of giving in” — because she was sick and tired of this nonsense.
“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”
“It didn’t make sense”
She was sick and tired of the nonsense of segregation.
“It didn’t make sense at all, being treated so unfairly”
The Montgomery Bus Boycott was on. For they knew they had someone who could stick it through thick and thin.
The fox knows many things,
but the hedgehog knows one big thing.
They could depend on her…
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He did not want to do it, but he had to do his duty.
He wasn’t anything like his brother.
His brother was popular, handsome and witty, and well-spoken, and King.
Albert, wasn’t well spoken like his older brother, David — in fact, Albert was considered rather dull compared to David, and Albert stuttered badly.
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