I Thought of Her Again and Realized
How Fortunate We Really Are...
For every major holiday, I like to offer my own metaphysical interpretation of
the holiday as it relates to prosperity consciousness. However, for
this holiday, I'm going to roam off the usual path...but we'll still
arrive at a very important aspect of prosperity consciousness...
This week, Jews around the world began observance of the High Holidays. It begins
with Rosh Hashanah, commonly known as the Jewish New Year, but more
accurately representing the creation of mankind.
Jew, I removed myself from the practice, culture and tradition early in
life in order to follow my chosen spiritual path instead of a religious
one. I have no affiliation to religion, but have always believed that
the common denominator in all religions should be the love for the
Creator and love for all mankind (and that includes ourselves), and
religion should serve as a path to a personal connection to the Source.
the Jewish holidays begin, my thoughts drift to a woman I met several
years ago. Her story had a profound impact on me at that time and
always "shocks" me into perspective whenever I think of her...
you're going through a difficult time, experiencing financial
limitation or otherwise challenged in some area of life. Perhaps this
story will give you a little shock, too...you know, the kind that lifts
us out of our "pity party" and renews our faith in our ability to
overcome those challenges...
In 2003, I was contracted
to book the first of many locations for my client, Campbell Soup, for
their multi-million dollar "Souper Star" promotions for children. The
first location that I found and secured for them was a beautiful white
The owner of the mansion was a woman named
Punty Bogart. Punty was 80 years old. She was petite, energetic and
very feisty. Her home was pristine and beautifully elegant in European
style. She wasn't the easiest person to deal with, but she did take a
liking to me and she could be very charming.
One day I had
to visit her to have her sign some contracts. I noticed that she was
limping, which I hadn't seen her do before. I asked her if she had
fallen. In her European accent, she replied, "No darling, it's from the
Punty sat me down and told me a story that left me stunned.
Punty was just 20 years old, she and her family were sent to a
concentration camp. Well, that wasn't so unusual. I had met and read
about survivors of the Holocaust. But what she told me next was
probably one of the most unusual accounts I could ever imagine. Punty
was taken to the gas chamber with hundreds of other women. I sat
motionless and tears welled up as she relived her experience and
described how the women were crying and screaming, "God, why have you
Punty was pulled from the gas chamber by guards because they needed someone to clean the toilets. It saved her life.
You may meet people who have survived the camps. But you never meet anyone who survived the gas chamber.
None of her family survived. She later met her husband and they came to America, went into business and created their wealth.
sporadic pain that caused the limp was a reminder of her past. She had
many health ailments, which I understand is not uncommon to survivors
of that period.
In my life, I have sometimes thought about
what happened during the Holocaust. It's incomprehensible to me how
something of that magnitude could have happened. It would stir very
deep feelings in me and I don't believe it is because I was born a Jew.
It's because I was born human. And I cannot fathom how that kind of
inhumanity could take root and grow — at the hands of a madman, no less.
may never be able to fathom it. But I will always be grateful that I
was born in this time and in this country. It may not be perfect, but
it's a great deal closer to heaven than so many other places...and if
you are reading this story, then chances are pretty good you're
not too far from heaven either.
And that's a lot to be grateful for.
thank Punty for giving me such a great frame of gratitude reference.
Gratitude is after all one of the greatest, if not the greatest of the
I first posted this story about Punty online several years
ago. Her granddaughter, Johanna Engel, saw the story and contacted me. Punty and her husband had moved to the east coast and she had died in an auto
accident shortly after. Johanna told me her dad was searching Punty's name online, found my post about her and printed it out. She wrote, in part:
not sure if you can still receive this message because I see you posted
this a long time ago, but I want you to know that Punty was my grandma.
I'm so glad to see that she left her legacy with everyone she
encountered. I loved her very much and there are more to those
holocaust stories that make her even more wonderful. I just really
wanted to thank you for sharing, not even knowing we somehow could see
Maya Angelou said, "I've learned
that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Isn't that the truth.
Now, about your challenges...
On Rosh Hashana, apples dipped in honey symbolize a sweet year to come.
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