Greg Wilson

Greg Wilson

I was raised to always think of others, whether it be holding a door open for another person, giving of one’s time and funds to help those in need, or voting in favor of programs that help the less fortunate. Naively, perhaps, I assumed that a majority of us were raised in a similar fashion. But as I’ve come to realize, either that wasn’t the case, or else somewhere along the line many people abandoned the values they were brought up with and shifted their focus from “we” to “me.”

My own upbringing, at least, has stuck with me. If anything, the values I was raised with have deepened over the years, thanks in large part to the good example set by my parents, who in the second half of their lives made philanthropy an ever-increasing part of who they were.

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Thanks for this Greg! Younger folks have taken up the "Me to We" challenge and there's plenty of generosity and public service spirit still out there. Don't know if you've ever read the story about Craig Kielburger, a 12 year old Canadian whose family had a morning ritual of reading the newspaper and each sharing something that they found interesting that day. One day he read about a child in India who had been assassinated because he had become a symbol against child slave labor in rug factories. Craig started an organization and raised incredible awareness about the issue and made a huge difference. Today he runs an organization that hosts annual "We Days" (moving from Me to We), a celebration of public service by young people around the world.

Lots of hope to celebrate and yes, some of us need a little nudge to hold the door open for our neighbors and DO something instead of just griping.

Ray Fowler

Hi, Greg

Thanks for an inspiring column.

Something as simple as holding a door for another person... Yes, as you wrote, it sometimes seems "many people abandoned the values they were brought up with and shifted their focus from 'we' to 'me.'" While I think nearly everyone was brought up to lend a hand to others, our fast paced and "get out of my way... I'm doing something important" lifestyle can shift our focus to "me." That can make something as simple as holding a door for another person become a thing of the past.

"Beware the barrenness of a busy life." - Socrates

A while back, some of the regular contributors to the DJ's comments section took pause from the daily trench warfare in these pages and exchanged the names of charities they support. Even though those readers (including me) disagree... sometimes vehemently... about things political... there was no disagreement that lending a hand to others is something we can and should do. And maybe it can start with "something as simple as holding a door for another person."

I've gotta plug one of my favorites. My wife and I support the Hilde Back Education Foundation which provides scholarships for kids in Kenya. High school is not free in Kenya, and the chance to earn a high school diploma can be life changing for the student and the student's family. Just yesterday, we received an update from the student we are helping. The writing was a tad stilted but her message came through loud and clear... thanks for believing in me.

I sure she holds doors open for others.

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