Get in the Game

Mark Bezos: A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter

Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn’t go quite as expected — but it taught him a big lesson: Don’t wait to be a hero.

I’ve known people who’ve told me that they felt they had nothing to offer — that they didn’t know what their talents, gifts or purpose might have been. They search their souls, asked their clergy, participated in talks (like this one), and prayed (long and hard), yet, still had no more insight than before.  

Often, we don’t see how much we are giving because we somehow see the act of giving as a painful or laborious task — or on the opposite spectrum as a grand gesture. Yet, just listening to someone in a time of need, offering a smile during a frightening experience, sending a thank you note or ‘thinking of you’ card to distract from the monument of bills — all of those things are gestures of goodwill and kindness — ‘giving’.  Telling a job hunter about an available career opportunity, offering a ride to someone whose car has broken down — also ‘giving’.

Your mere presence in someone’s life is the greatest gift another could receive. You have no idea the impact you’re having because, to you, it’s so effortless. For the recipient — the beneficiary — it’s everything.

I like this firefighter’s story. Let’s get in the game.

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