Celebrating the Spirit of Giving with Compassion and Love
|Celebrating the Spirit of Giving with Compassion and Love
December 21, 2012
This Hanukah and Christmas season is a time to celebrate
the glory of life, the joy of love, and the spirit of giving.
Today, I'd like to share with you a story I've been telling
for years which I think illustrates the essence of the season.
An American journalist covering the savage fighting during
one battle of the Korean War came upon an advanced medical
outpost. Inside, he watched as a nurse prepared a wounded
soldier for surgery. The man was bloody and filthy, but the
nurse went about her work without hesitation. Fascinated by
the bold juxtaposition of the gruesome evidence of man's inhumanity
to man and the wonderful proof of human tenderness and compassion,
the hard-boiled reporter said softly to the nurse, "I wouldn't
do what you're doing for a million dollars." The nurse, without
stopping her work, replied even softer, "Neither would I."
Her point was simple: You can't put a price on compassion.
In my opinion, the spirit of giving is at its highest when
it embraces empathy and love. In this holiday season in particular
we've heard stories of compassion and devotion that stretch
far beyond what we would think even the best of us are capable.
It is those experiences that show us the wonder and unbelievable
resiliency of the human spirit, in both good times and bad.
This holiday season, we wish everyone in the IGA Family a
joyous holiday, and we also send special thanks out to our
IGA retailers around the world. Your compassion for and dedication
to the communities you serve so well is an inspiration to
us all, each and every day.