Category Archives: Selflessness

Nobility of spirit

For many people the highest honour in sport is not Olympic gold but the Pierre de Coubertin International Fair Play Trophy, named for the founder of the modern Olympics. It’s awarded to players who demonstrate nobility of spirit. The first … Continue reading

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The magical mustard seed

There’s an old Chinese story about a woman whose only son had died. She went to a holy man and asked him for something that would bring her son back. But instead, the wise old man told her to bring … Continue reading

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The future doesn’t belong to the conquerors

A French schoolmaster once wrote a report on of one of his students that said :‘He is the smallest, the meekest, the most unpromising boy in my class.’ Half a century later, that same boy, now a man was voted … Continue reading

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Dead souls

Albert Einstein, who lived his life in the pursuit of scientific discovery, used to say: ‘He who can no longer pause to wonder, is as good as dead.’ Madeleine L’Engle, referring to this, said: ‘I share Einstein’s affirmation that anyone … Continue reading

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It helps when you carry someone with you

There’s a story about a tribe of Red Indians who lived alongside a dangerous river and got attacked by a hostile group of settlers. They found themselves outnumbered and with their backs against the river. Their only chance for escape … Continue reading

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A word from the wise

Some years ago, according to Tony Campolo, a survey was taken of a group of nonagenarians – people who had done a lot of living, and were probably better qualified to reflect on what life is about than most of … Continue reading

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Charity that doesn’t lift your public image

According to the Boston Globe, Tom White’s life goal is to give away his entire fortune. When people ask him why he says: ‘I’m motivated a lot by what Jesus wants me to do – and I think he wants … Continue reading

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