The Power of Compassion

A Final Salute

A Final Salute

In an episode of the NBC-TV series, Chicago Fire, the station is saddened to find out that a young boy they tried to save from an accidental fall, did not make it. One of the firemen is so moved as he stares at the young boy’s picture on their bulletin board and says, “There’s something we can still do for this boy.”

The next scene shows the entire crew in full dress uniforms lined up and saluting as the funeral procession passes the station, amid the falling snow. It is quite moving to say the least.

Often times, adversity brings out the best in us as human beings. It makes us want to be a better person, lead a better life and do something that matters.

Recently, the entire University of Nebraska Huskers football team heard of a 7 year old named Jack Hoffman who was battling brain cancer. Little Jack had a dream of someday taking to the field as a Husker, himself.

The team created Team Jack and did something to make that dream come true. Watch what may be the most inspiring play in college football history.

Perhaps the power and gift of our compassion is best described by Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

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