A Lesson in Giving
Clair Nuer was a Holocaust and cancer survivor who taught people how to use the difficulties they face as levers to change their lives. Laura Gates was a successful businesswoman who had reached a point of both personal and professional despair. One day, Claire said something that touched her very deeply, “One person can be the rock that changes the course of a river.” In this story, Laura tells how Claire’s words inspired her to have the courage to tell one client the truth, instead of “minding her own business,” and how this moment of truth changed everything. ”The impact I was able to have by being compassionate and giving rather than getting was amazing,” she says. “If each one of us made this kind of commitment, collectively we really could build a better world.”

ELA Learning Standards:

Massachusetts

L.9-10.5
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

Skills: leadership, history, Holocaust, gratitude, character development, cultural diversity, corporate philanthropy