Flying back from New Orleans, I witnessed a wonderful act of kindness. Our pilot asked passengers to make a donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer that Delta Air Lines has supported for many years. At 32,000 feet above ground, a flight attendant dressed in pink attire came down the aisle carrying a collection basket. Their goal was to collect $150. Mere moments later, the pilot thanked us and announced that we had exceeded the goal by generously contributing $169.
Delta’s support for breast cancer research is an example of a company serving a greater purpose beyond self-preservation. Calvin Coolidge once said: “no enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need. It performs some great service, not for itself, but for others, or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist.”
This is true for any business, organization, or greater cause. It is also true for any relationship. It has been said that “when two goats meet on a narrow road on a cliff above a river that is too narrow for both to pass at the same time, one will lay down on the road so that the other can pass over.” They instinctively know that if they challenge each other to pass they both may fall to their deaths.
If you want to save a relationship, you cannot always put yourself first without thinking about the effect it will have on the other person. Relationships are sustainable when each party recognizes the consequences their actions will have on the other if they choose not to consider the outcome.
Organizations, businesses and governments have the same responsibility towards those they serve because as Calvin Coolidge said “no enterprise can exist for itself alone.” What is true for any organization or business, is true for you and me. The best part of our purpose in life is that every time we sacrifice in order to serve someone, we are sowing seeds of blessings we will one day reap.
So, discover your purpose in life with this idea in mind: today is the day to do some good for the betterment of humanity.
Never give up! Never give up! Never give up!
By Chaplain Ghosten