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VOICE OF COMPASSION

I heard a story about Fiorello LaGuardia who was mayor of New
York City during the worst days of the Great Depression and all
of WWII. He was adored by many New Yorkers who took to calling
him the "Little Flower," because he was so short and always wore
a carnation in his lapel.

He was a colorful character -- he rode the New York City fire
trucks, raided city "speakeasies" with the police department,
took entire orphanages to baseball games, and when the New York
newspapers went on strike, he got on the radio and read the
Sunday funnies to the kids.

One bitterly cold night in January of 1935, the mayor turned up
at a night court that served the poorest ward of the city.
LaGuardia dismissed the judge for the evening and took over the
bench himself. Within a few minutes, a tattered old woman was
brought before him, charged with stealing a loaf of bread. She
told LaGuardia that her daughter's husband had deserted her, her
daughter was sick, and her two grandchildren were starving.

But the shopkeeper, from whom the bread was stolen, refused to
drop the charges. "It's a real bad neighborhood, your Honor," the
man told the mayor. "She's got to be punished to teach other
people around here a lesson."

LaGuardia sighed. He turned to the woman and said, "I've got to
punish you. The law makes no exceptions. Ten dollars or ten days
in jail." But even as he pronounced sentence, the mayor was
already reaching into his pocket. He extracted a bill and tossed
it into his famous hat, saying, "Here is the ten dollar fine
which I now remit; and furthermore I am going to fine everyone in
this courtroom fifty cents for living in a town where a person
has to steal bread so that her grandchildren can eat. Mr.
Bailiff, collect the fines and give them to the defendant."

The following day, New York City newspapers reported that $47.50
was turned over to a bewildered woman who had stolen a loaf of
bread to feed her starving grandchildren Fifty cents of that
amount was contributed by the grocery store owner himself, while
some seventy petty criminals, people with traffic violations, and
New York City policemen, each of whom had just paid fifty cents
for the privilege of doing so, gave the mayor a standing ovation.

Someone beautifully said, "Sympathy sees and says, 'I'm sorry.'
Compassion sees and says, 'I'll help.' When we learn the
difference, we can make a difference.


2001 Steve Goodier
Steve@lifesupportsystem.com

Steve Goodier is a professional speaker and the author of numerous books about personal development, motivation, inspiration, and making needed life changes. He is also the founder and publisher of Your Life Support System, a daily e-mail newsletter. Visit his site at: http://www.LifeSupportSystem.com

 


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Thought For The Day:

"Before you borrow money from a friend, decide which you need more."


Verse for the Day:

"The rich rule over the poor and the borrower is servant to the lender."
--Proverbs 22:7

Kid's Thought For The Day:

Confidence is a life-ingredient that is essential to success and
wholeness. It is perhaps the single most important trait that
enables "average" people to do and become all that they can.

Like the little boy sitting on the bench at his team's baseball
game. When asked by a concerned parent if he was discouraged that
his team was behind 14 to nothing, he responded, "Discouraged?
Why should I be discouraged? We haven't been up to bat yet!"


Parent's Thought For The Day:

"Work on your marriage and family life all the time. Why? Because the
enemy is."


Coach's Thought For The Day:

"Every athlete has more talent than they will ever develop."


Writer's Thought For The Day:

"A good sentence -- whether prose or poetry -- is an energy container, an unsplit atom. When it interacts with the reader, it discharges fireworks." --Erica Jong


Deep Thought For The Day:

"I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When
I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler
coming at me with a weapon."

 

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Inspired Audio -- Inspirational Audio Message of the Week!

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This Week: "Boat Potatoes" by Jeff Williams


http://www.HeartTouchers.com/Inspired_Audio


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Video Imagery --Michael's Video Production Business

Dear Michael,

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful video you made for me! It was so special to see both of my parents in tears as they watched their children grow up in pictures before their eyes! I loved the way you made Estania's part set aside from the rest--that was the part that really got them! The music was beautiful. My mom kept blubbering, "What song is that?" I don't know how you did such a beautiful job with the video in such a short time. I really appreciate your doing it so quickly. You have a wonderful gift, and I thank God that you are using it to create such sentimental memories. I hope that I can find my niche like that in an area that I love. Your video gave us one of our most lasting Christmas memories! I hope yours was filled with moments to be treasured forever!
Love,
Trisha
Silverhill, AL

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