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Gutsy and kind-the world would have us believe this is a rare combination, that these people aren’t completely trustworthy. I ask you, who is? Show me a perfect person and I’ll kiss a gecko! I don’t expect I’ll ever have to do this. I’m terrified of them. And I’ve yet to see perfection, not in life, people or love. But despite this, we can accomplish more than we realize.

Case in point: Molly Brown. Born Margaret Tobin in Hannibal Missouri in 1867, she was taught progressive views by her parents. At age 13 she worked in a factory and volunteered in soup kitchens encountering head on struggles of the working class. Later, employed at a hotel, she met Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) who mentioned there were riches to be found in Colorado, where she later moved.

After meeting her future husband J.J. Brown, poor like herself, she said this. “I wanted a rich man but I loved Jim Brown.” A few years later, J.J. did strike it wealthy when his engineering skills landed an ore mine for Ibex Mining. Although they lived lavishly, her giving nature didn’t wane. Poor times, wealthy times, it didn’t matter. She gave from her heart, like she always had. One doesn’t need money to have a philanthropic influence.

She is best known for being a survivor on the Titanic but what some might not know is how she rallied the first class passengers into giving money to help the less fortunate survivors, those who had lost everything. Before the rescue ship Carpathia had reached New York, she had raised 10,000 dollars! Did she accomplish this by being too kind? Or being too gutsy? Of course! This woman knew it took both to make a fire.

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When the Carpathia arrived in New York, 30,000 people were waiting. Her deeds had already preceded her. When asked by reporters how she survived, she said, “Typical Brown Luck. We’re unsinkable.”

There are many men and women who quietly light up the world for others. It could be they’ve baked something for a sick neighbor. Or taken time for a sad friend. Maybe they’ve tried to understand someone instead of judging them. I’m honored to know many of these genuine people. They know who they are.

Close your eyes and keep your mind wide open. Things are not always as they seem. See the blinking fireflies? A lit candle? A black, dead night crackles and sparks with one. Add a strand and we’ve lit up a dark corner of the world. We are among stars. I call some friends. Perhaps you are one. I do try and some days are better than others. Such is life.

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Comment by Dorraine Darden on January 14, 2010 at 5:51pm
Thanks for reading, Rick!
Comment by Rick Reiley on January 14, 2010 at 1:40pm
Love it! Thanks!
Comment by wiffledust on January 11, 2010 at 3:42pm
oh wow, doris day is one of my all time fave singers i think she has the most incredible phrasing!!! here's to the molly in all of us!
Comment by Dorraine Darden on January 11, 2010 at 1:10pm
Yes she is far underrated. And thank you, but ole Molly did give me much to work with!
Comment by Sherry Somach on January 11, 2010 at 10:24am
What a beautiful inspirational story. Might have to rent that old Do-do movie......not demeaning Doris Day. She is far underrated. Fabulous jazz vocalist before Pilllow Talk and the like
Comment by Dorraine Darden on January 11, 2010 at 10:07am
Thanks, Lisa! I quite admire her myself. And I think there are many more Molly's than we can imagine.
I don't remember the Doris Day movie, but I love the oldies, so I'll have to check that one out. Meanwhile, we've got sleeves to roll up!
Comment by wiffledust on January 11, 2010 at 9:49am
i LOVE this, dorraine! molly brown is one of my fave people! do you remember an old doris day movie about the unsinkable molly brown? and how i LOVE anything that discusses just rolling up your sleeves and helping without judging. there are few who know how to do this, but those who do shine so brightly. stars is the word! thanks for sharing this!!!

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