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Saturday, February 1, 2014

“Every time you do a good deed you shine the light a little farther into the dark. And the thing is, when you're gone that light is going to keep shining on, pushing the shadows back.” 

I read this quote and all the while acknowledging just how true it is, it made me think of a video I had seen on Facebook.  Sir Nicholas Winton is a British humanitarian who organized the rescue of nearly 700 children from Nazi Death Camps before WWII.  In this video, he is caught off guard when he finds himself surrounded by the "children" he rescued so many years prior.  It really is the most touching and beautiful video.

  
Although we still have miles and miles to go, universally we have come such a long way.  Being a minority myself, it is especially mind boggling to me that anyone could look at a person, a child at that, and decide that they are somehow less than human.  It is insane; so I am especially moved when I hear stories about the few that stood up for injustice.  Nicholas Winston is one of the brave few and quite frankly, he spat in the face of adversity.  The greatest part about it is, nothing that he did was in vain and he got to see that.  He was able to see all the lives he touched and how much his good deed has changed so many people.  I have faith that those individuals will go on to be a positive force in this world and fight for the good.  His light is still shining on through all these people and even when he is gone, it will keep shining.  That is certainly something to be celebrated.   

10 comments:

  1. This post was SO inspiring and a wonderful way to start my week (so thank you!!!!) I like to think our positive actions have a ripple effect (and it is so nice to see it actually happening ten fold!) xo

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    1. I'm so glad it inspired you! I love reading about the good things people have done!

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  2. Agreeing with the post above. SO inspiring. Its true that we dont know how far our good actions will bring another person.

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    1. Glad you like it! Thanks for the comment :)

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  3. wow, this has to be one of the most touching and beautiful videos I've seen in awhile! I almost tear up a bit! Thank you so much for sharing. I liked to read your words as well because I totally related to them! Even though I'm not a minority I still like to stand up for those who are and find themselves deprived of their fundamental rights. I'm extremely supportive of human rights and constantly defend that human specie has to be seen as one no matter their race, ethnicity and beliefs, that’s probably why this video touched me so much :) Again, thank you so much for sharing this. Have a lovely day <3

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it and were able to relate. You're totally correct in that you don't have to be a minority to be supportive of human rights. I'm so proud of you for standing up for what you believe in :) It's always great to meet people like you !

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  4. I've always been interested in the slave trade as well as the holocaust. I have been since I was a little girl and I think it's simply because it was introduced, but not fully explained. Especially slavery. I have a good bit of books on both accounts and although it's heartbreaking to read about these accounts, it's necessary.

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    1. I totally agree. I really hate reading or watching movies about these things. I still haven't made it past the first 15 minutes of '12 Years A Slave' because it's so dehumanizing .. but I feel like seeing it is what makes the point stick and helps us all move forward.

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  5. Oh my gosh, this video!!! I am so intrigued by the holocaust, I can't believe it really happened, it's all so horrible! Cute blog! :)
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    1. Yea, it can be a pretty intense thing to think about. Thanks for the comment :)

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