"Where does it say that you have a contract with G-d to have an easy life?"

the Lubavitcher Rebbe

"Failure is not the enemy of success; it is its prerequisite."

Rabbi Nosson Scherman

8 Feb 2011

The shirt off his back

Last night I caught a documentary about the miracle flight which landed on the Hudson river over two years ago with all the people on board pulled to safety. Pilot Chesley Sullenberger's professionalism is to be lauded for the incredible outcome. Watching two divers risk their lives to save a woman floating in the water by jumping out of a helicopter at a higher height than recommended brought home the message of the goodness in people and how saving a life is paramount. One man took off the shirt on his back and offered it to a person whose clothes had become wet when he jumped into the water.
Perhaps the most important words of the documentary were spoken by survivor, Rob Kolodjay, who related his thoughts as the plane descended.
"If this was the end, was I the person I wanted to be all my life?"
Thankfully, we have the chance to ask ourselves the question without such a harrowing experience prompting us to think about how we have lived our lives. If our answer is in the negative, as long as there is life, there is time to change ourselves for the better.
And speaking about the goodness in people, click here for a memorable picture of a young girl offering an Egyptian soldier a flower. A picture is worth 1000 words.

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