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Priceless Gifts of Love

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Priceless Gifts of Love

Who makes a difference in your destiny?
Alan Cohen
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May 13, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Name two winners in the 1992 Olympics.
Name four Pulitzer Prize winners.
Name one coach in the sports hall of fame.
Name one person who received the Medal of Honor last year.

Name two teachers who had a significant impact on your life.
Name four books, authors, or poets who have written something you cherish.
Name a coach who taught you some values, discipline, or persistence.
Name one person who would stand by you in your darkest hour.

Which group has had the most lasting impact on your life?

While many people receive public recognition, many more deliver priceless gifts in the unsung world of friendship, family, and mentorship. We may celebrate those who impress the masses, but in the long run those who affect our personal lives make a greater difference in our destiny.

Our daily lives are replete with unknown heroes who simply help people where they can. You may never read about them in the newspaper and they may not receive prestigious awards. Yet they shine like rare jewels, bringing beauty and comfort to everyone they touch. They transform the world from within it. Their real reward is not money or glory; it is the personal satisfaction of knowing they gave of themselves in ways that were needed.

Put aside ambition for public recognition and simply do what you do because it feels good inside. If the world applauds you, that is icing on the cake. No matter what the external response, your inner world will glow with a rare and sacred light, along with those whose lives you bless.

How might you find joy in simple giving and caring, regardless of external recognition?

About Author
Alan Cohen
Alan Cohen is the author of 17 popular inspirational books, including the classic The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and the award-winning book A Deep Breath of Life. He is also a contributing writer for the New York Times best Continue reading