Have you ever been really blown away? Let me set the table for you, so that you can truly appreciate the total selfless spirit that was displayed by a gift I received.
I was attending a three-day private exclusive event. It was early in the first day. The atmosphere was electric as the event kicked off, lots of anticipation was in the air. After the first activities/experiences, we had table sharing/networking. I met the people at my round table and learned a little about each of them, including Joe.One element to this event was raising money for the Napoleon Hill Foundation. The President/CEO, Don Green was present, which thrilled me. Other than the Bible, I would say that Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich had the biggest impact on me.
The power of thought, emphasis on personal development, and achievement of success, and giving of self to the betterment of others, resonated with me in a profound way, the first time I read it, and even today.
So, at random times, items would be auctioned off, with the money going to the Foundation, so that Napoleon Hill Foundation books could be given to schools and prisons.
Don Green had a 1962 edition of Think and Grow Rich signed by Napoleon Hill, it was Mr. Green’s personal copy. The bidding began at what I thought would be my maximum bid. So, I opened with that. It quickly went up. I jumped back in, when it almost went for a specific amount, I just couldn’t let that book get away from me. Again, someone went in for another $1,000.00. I couldn’t get back into the bidding war, I just couldn’t go for another $1,000.00. That’s when Joe turned around and said,
“I know you want that book. I’ll give you $1,000.00.” “Thank you!” Up went my hand, and I was awarded the book.
As amazing as having a book signed by Napoleon Hill is, and it is AMAZING! I needed someone else to help me, in order to get what I wanted. Yes, someone I had just met, barely knew his name, helped me get what I wanted, a book that changed my life, signed by the author. Have you ever been part of something amazing? Helping someone in a HUGELY selfless way, so that they can get what they want. Have you ever been so selfless? You know what?!
My being willing to accept the gift by a virtual stranger, allowed him to bless me. Yes, I had to receive his gift first, before he could do his amazing selfless act.
What is super cool about the whole thing, is that Greg Reid, who hosted the event, believes in giving first, and by doing so, you will reap amazing rewards. He provided the event and made welcome an atmosphere, that allowed just such an action to happen. I know, my experience wasn’t the only one that occurred during those three days, others were able to experience the generosity of other caring individuals. I do believe that I was the only one that was given $1,000.00 by a virtual stranger.
So, how does Strength * Dignity * Grace show up here?
Strength: I showed up and attended an event on “Blind Faith”, I had no knowledge of what this event was about, or why I was extended an invitation.
Dignity: I was willing to give of myself during the table event, and expressed who I am, and how I could help others at the table.
Grace: I humbled myself, and received the generosity of a selfless person.
I would love to hear how someone’s selfless actions have impacted your life.