Monday, February 23, 2015

MY VIEW #9 - WHAT IS GRATITUDE?

What is Gratitude?

What inspired me to write this article:

A True Story

A young man nearing his goal, only a few  yards to reach the top of Mount Everest, exhausted, sits down, and cannot go on. Many pass him, none stop, they aim for the top, except one. He is fearful the "sitter" is dead, but on stopping to inquire, the "sitter" is alive, just barely. The man who gives up his ambitious trip to tend the "sitter," with oxygen, care and help, to bring him down, saves his life. Days later, the "sitter," now he has a name, speaks of the man with gratitude. How wonderful to know such people do exist, a hero. The human instinct is to help one another. Gratitude is in everyone, some express it, others don't.

F. L. Evans
June 9, 2006

This story may have come from Jon Krakauer's book, "Into Thin Air," which is a devastating tale of  fated climbers on Mt. Everest, and tragedies that happened there while Krakauer himself was one of the climbers. The book was much in the news at the time Letty wrote this.