I find it cosmically coincidental that the two stories that I find most appealing the week before Thanksgiving are about two women from opposite ends of the spectrum on looks, money, social access are grappling with the same questions about why some people are so lucky in this word and others not, even if equally capable of obtaining their desires.
Actress Angelina Jolie speaks at the Governor’s Ball accepting her award for Humanitarianism in well thought out and heartfelt speech.
Fast food worker Linda Taredo posted a thoughtful essay on Kinja about “Why Poor People’s Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense” that went viral on the Internet and started her blog and a book deal in a matter of days.
With the same spark of greatness, these women also wonder how to do the best they can with the lives to be of use and support the voices of others who are not as fortunate.
I know people in my own life who think others are rich because they have worked hard and deserve it, and those who are poor are not working hard enough; are not deserving enough. But one thing I have learned that I think both women would agree with is that our society is not a meritocracy, even though the “American Dream” sometimes misleading supports the notion when someone who seemingly has nothing going for them turns it around and achieves something great. The truth is that those people too, are lucky. And for every one person that wins the lottery, there are a multitude of others who played by the same rules and never made it as far.
However, as to the second part of their musings – that is why them and what to do with their luck – those two women do share something in common that is possible for all of us to take from. Humility, gratefulness and an unprejudiced attitude are key to giving back in life and making oneself useful to others less fortunate. And this is also where they both seem to find true fulfillment.