Against All Odds

Do you know this man and his wife? He took a risk that threatened his life and it was against great odds, but he did it, and it worked.

A Japanese, against all odds he saved others.

He is Chiune Sugihara. At great risk, he saved 6000 Jews. He was a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania. When the Nazis began rounding up Jews, Sugihara risked his life to start issuing unlawful travel visas to Jews. He hand-wrote them 18 hrs a day. The day his consulate closed and he had to evacuate, witnesses claim he was STILL writing visas and throwing from the train as he pulled away. He saved 6000 lives. The world didn’t know what he’d done until Israel honored him in 1985, the year before he died.
And his country was Germany’s Ally. He knew what mattered more than his life.


Sugihara  not only knew what mattered, he acted on what mattered.  I doubt that I could have done as he did. I doubt that many of you could. Everyone of us  does the best we can with what we are given.   Sometimes the best is heroic; sometimes evil; and most of the time in between good and evil.

That given, most of us are capable of doing more good, particularly when we   remember what matters .  This Poster Coach speaks to that:

What matters? Kindness to all.

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The way to put what matters into action is by practicing kindness every where you can, when you can and as often as you can. This Poster Coach speaks to that:

Although we are not able to be heroes, we can always practice kindness and the more we do so the more peace comes to earth.


As always thinking about what matters matters.  Not only does practicing kindness matter to the world, but to you; kindness is a circle, always coming back to bless the kind.  Much is made of Random Acts of Kindness; Deliberate Kindness makes kindness a habit that nourishes you daily,  and is good for all.

Finally, as always thank you for all you do to support my efforts to make a difference by liking, commenting or sharing this post. You are practicing kindness.


This WordPress Daily Prompt: Against All Odds inspired this post: Tell us about a situation where you’d hoped against all hope, where the odds were completely stacked against you, yet you triumphed. Be sure to describe your situation in full detail. Tell us all about your triumph in all its glory.

I suffer from dysgraphia, it is a little known learning disability that makes getting the thoughts from your brain to a piece of paper in a recognizable form difficult. I confuse words, misspell common words, and violate grammar and punctuation rules constantly.

Given that my father was a news reporter, and wannabe writer, I wanted to be the same. I’ve done that and it has not been easy, nor have I had the great success I aspired to even though I did appear on Oprah.  I do think, however, both my parent’s teaching and empathy for the less-abled, related to my disability, Both  giftshas lead to a deep-seated desireto be kind.  

Deliberate Kindness is one of my daily practices. Deliberate Kindness  has given me more contentment than success as a writer would have. Not that I would mind more success and still seek it, but practicing as much kindness as I can is a daily goal and much easier than writing.

Agree or disagree, comments are always welcomed.

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