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The Blind Side: An Eye-Opener for the New Year

December 30, 2009

There’s a simple, timeless message in the hit movie, “The Blind Side.” That message is to “be the change we want to see in the world. “  It’s a story of how the Tuohys, a well-to-do Caucasian family in Memphis, takes in Michael Oher, a homeless African-American teen, and changes his life and theirs.

In a self-serving world, Leigh Ann Tuohy didn’t have to show kindness and compassion to a stranger. She could’ve just looked the other way, afterall, she was only responsible for her own two children. But after seeing Michael Oher walking alone on a street one cold, rainy night, something in her heart wouldn’t let go. What she saw and what she ultimately did had nothing to do with race or class – it had everything to do with humanity. Beyond a doubt, Leigh Ann Tuohy and her family are heroes among us. They gave a kid shelter from a cold, harsh world and a chance to build a productive life for himself. 

Indeed, it was an act of courage for Leigh Ann to take in a person she knew absolutely nothing about. But it takes a special person to allow courage to trump fear, compassion to trump indifference, and hands-on outreach to trump social status.  The Tuohy’s story is a reminder that as we make our plans for the new year, we should not forget that some of the world’s greatest treasures and resources are within our own hearts and minds. We also learn from this family that the true spirit of giving is not an isolated act of goodwill, but a way of life. And we learn that what we do today can change the world tomorrow.

Not everyone is able to do what the Tuohy family did, but every act of kindness is meaningful – no matter how great or small. As the saying goes, if everyone lights one little candle, the world will be brighter for us all.

 

 


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