In a world of 6 billion+ people I do not stand out and I am totally ok with that; I prefer to drive the Honda rather than the Mercedes.
Looking at my life I can honestly say that I have never have been the smartest, the most ambitious, the most charming, the best looking, the most athletic, the most generous, the best conversationalist, the most visionary, the best at promoting myself, the most ruthless, the boldest or anything else like that.
The only thing that I can say about myself that I am proud of is that I am kind-hearted. That I have taken advantage of opportunities to help my fellow human beings. That I have turned down opportunities to exploit my fellow human beings. And that my circle of concern extends beyond human beings to include animals and plants – life itself. I strive to live by the golden rule: to treat people as I would wish to be treated if I were in his / her shoes.
My most memorable moments are those where I extended a helping hand. And that is perhaps why when I read the local newspaper I was touched by the following quote by a quadruple amputee who runs a Limbcare ( a charity he set up): “The greatest gift in life is the ability to help another human being”.
It could also be the reason that one of the events that causes me the most pain is the memory of failing to do the right thing when I was some 12 – 14 years old. When an old blind lady stopped me and asked me for directions, I stopped and supplied them. Yet after I had left her to find her way to her destination, the inner voice told me that I had failed to do what I know was the right thing to do: to hold her hand and walk her to her destination.