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Day 60: Sir Nicholas Winton, a selfless and simple soul!

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I wanted to write this yesterday. Then, I thought, let this be my 60th day post. So, here it is about the wonderful Sir Nicholas Winton, who breathed His last on 1st of July. If you do not know anything about him, please read this to know more. A couple of lines about Sir Nicholas: He was like the 'Scarlet Pimpernel' (not in every sense of power and wealth), but in the way in which he managed to single-handedly save over 600 children from the treacherous hands of Nazi. Yes, they were Jews. Nazis somehow felt, they did not deserve to live! So, they went on a mission to eliminate them, just like we kill pests at home. The world and its ways!

When there was this whole group of 'mentally challenged' folks trying to get rid of a whole group of people to just satisfy their demonic mind, there came one man, among the handful of such good folks, who was brave enough to help rescue these little children (then) from Prague. He had a cozy and wonderful life and needn't have gotten involved in any of this. However, the humanitarian in him brought out a brilliant but simple plan to move as many people as possible from Nazi occupied Prague to Britain. He fought his way through in Britain too, and finally managed to save 669 Jewish children.

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This post is not to praise him for his doing. It is in his 'being'. He has shown what a 'true' hero should be like. He did not talk about this to anyone and was very quiet. If wanted, he could have garnered all the attention that he wanted much earlier. Instead, he just did the deed and left it at that. It was his wife who discovered his old scrapbook from the attic much later, almost 50 years later. How could he possibly have not taken pride and shared it with at least his family, talking about what a wonderful person he was, what a hero he was, how he saved so many people, how organized he was... well, the list can go on. Of course, he was the 'real hero' and he did not 'boast' about his own good deeds. That is why I used the capitalized version of 'his' initially. We, in India, believe that everyone has 'God' inside their own self. During our life, we struggle to find that God. Sir Nicholas Winton has been so gracious and kind to not let his own achievements engulf the 'true self' and make let his pride win over him. To stay quiet for over half a century and only to talk about it after a lot of insistence shows his strength of character. I am writing this post today as the 60th post to show my respect for that departed soul, who was magnanimous not by just saving people, but by being less arrogant (and proud) about himself and his achievements. The world needs more people like Sir Nicholas Winton, one who is able to see oneself in others. One key takeaway from his life : Never boast about one's own achievements, especially when it comes to saving lives ! Let the world talk for you, and if they don't it is still fine. What you do is not just you, there is always a bigger power acting, you call it any name- Universe, God, self, the other person, doesn't matter. All that matters is how we handle our 'self' when we achieve big things in life. 
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