I was listening to a story about a woman who received a lucky break from her employers and it helped her become a successful musician.
If you cast your mind back, do you remember the people gave you a lucky break?
Some institutions, and we know which ones these are, claim they are supporting those less fortunate but we all know that most of them are really in for it themselves.
Yes, it’s a cynical attitude but that’s the reality.
Where do the real lucky breaks come from?
It’s often from family, close friends and strangers. They can provide contacts, resources, support and encouragement, and help that institutions can’t give.
My own lucky breaks came from my father and mother and strangers. I am immensely grateful to those who opened the door for me. I’ve never forgotten this and where I can I have tried to use my limited resources to open doors for others.
In fact, most people who provide lucky breaks for others want to keep quiet about it and let the person get on with their life.
It’s quite different with institutions that grandstand from all kinds of platforms to beat their chests and shout about what they’ve done.
Just consider the millions of small and large acts of kindness that others have given to so many, many people. These are the people who are the real heroes in society and communities.
They go unrecognised by the Institutions.
Because to give them recognition would undermine their agendas.
It takes time and effort to do something for someone else. It may even mean financial sacrifice.
But it can make a huge difference in people’s lives – more significant that what what institutions can.
For most people enabling lucky breaks is an act of generosity from the heart.
Let’s recognise and not forget all of those people who have helped other people.