“I wish, I wish, upon the moon, That my wishes will be granted soon, These are the things I ask of you – A happy home, and good health too, a wealth of friends and peace of mind, and that special love that’s hard to find. Dispel my worries, allay my fears, protect my loved ones and keep them near. Please keep me safe, with those I love and bless my life from up above…”
Today I watched one of the best movies I’ve ever seen called The Pursuit of Happyness. This film is based on Chris Gardner’s nearly one-year struggle with homelessness described in his memoir with the same title. At the age of twenty, Chris Gardner, just out of the Navy, arrived in San Francisco to pursue a promising career in medicine. Considered a prodigy in scientific research, he surprised everyone and himself by setting his sights on the competitive world of high finance. Yet no sooner had he landed an entry-level position at a prestigious firm than Gardner found himself caught in a web of incredibly challenging circumstances that left him as part of the city’s working homeless and with a toddler son. Motivated by the promise he made to himself as a fatherless child to never abandon his own children, the two spent almost a year moving among shelters, “HO-tels,” soup lines, and even sleeping in the public restroom of a subway station. Never giving in to despair, Gardner made an astonishing transformation from being part of the city’s invisible poor to being a powerful player in its financial district.
Loved this inspirational story of an amazing man who went through lots of hardships in life but never lost hope, never gave up and never abandoned his child.
I’ve met such man once in my life when I was working in an orphanage. He lost his wife and was left alone with 3 little children during the most turbulent period in Russia after the collapse of the USSR. He was working on a factory, but was paid nothing for 5 months. He had no money to feed his children, therefore he brought them to the orphanage so that they could get some food and clothes. He joined our orphanage as well as a night-time supervisor to stay close to his children. For a few months he kept working on a factory during the day while staying at the orphanage during the night, supervising children. As soon as he could, he took his children back home. Truly amazing man. Hope his children appreciate his hard work and caring heart…
Let’s honor such humble unsung heros who are working very hard to make this world a better place for their children.
I firmly believe that good people outnumber evil people on this planet – in all cultures and in all lands. Never lose hope in humanity no matter how much evil you see in this world. Good will always win.