ON THANKSGIVING, ELEANOR Roosevelt was serving food at a local soup kitchen...
More street people showed up than anticipated. They were running out of food and worried that not everyone would get to eat. As Eleanor was delivering two plates of food, her thumbs slipped in the gravy on the plates. The gravy was extremely hot. Her natural reaction was to drop the plates instantly, but she knew that if she did so, two people would go without their Thanksgiving dinner. So she held on. She made a decision that someone else's Thanksgiving was more important than her desire to avoid the pain. She found meaning in her temporary suffering and decided to keep going. In that split second, she chose where to put her focus. Someone else's happiness was more important than her temporary pain.
THOUGHT: Heros choose to focus on the purpose on the other side of pain. Daniel R. Castro, "Heros Focus on the Other Side of Pain," Critical Choices, 75
"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1
Bible reading for 08.17.10: Romans 16; Psalm 97-99
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