A friend of mine sent me this today, it’s making the rounds. In an article by Nicholas Kristoff called What Could You Live Without, an incredible family sets an example for all. In our time of greed, selfishness and impatience it warms my heart to read of such an inspiring family.
Kevin Salwen, a writer and entrepreneur in Atlanta, was driving his 14-year-old daughter, Hannah, back from a sleepover in 2006. While waiting at a traffic light, they saw a black Mercedes coupe on one side and a homeless man begging for food on the other.
“Dad, if that man had a less nice car, that man there could have a meal,” Hannah protested. The light changed and they drove on, but Hannah was too young to be reasonable. She pestered her parents about inequity, insisting that she wanted to do something.
“What do you want to do?” her mom responded. “Sell our house?” Warning! Never suggest a grand gesture to an idealistic teenager. Hannah seized upon the idea of selling the luxurious family home and donating half the proceeds to charity, while using the other half to buy a more modest replacement home.
They actually did it and a lot more too. I often wonder why some people waste so much money on extravagant things and lifestyles. I was flipping around the channels the other morning and came across MTV’s Teen Cribs show. Wow, if only some of those extremely wealthy folks would just be a little more generous and less extravagant, things could be so much different in this world.