I also developed gratitude for how much I am given every day and how that gift enables and obligates me to pay better attention to those around me. After I give at talk about rescuers, someone sent me this quote from Albert Einstein:
“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know. That we are here for the sake of others….Above all, for those upon whose smile and well being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by the bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own inner and outer life is built upon the labors of my fellow human beings, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received and am still receiving.”
Marie Taquet 1940
Marie Taquet, as headmistress, and her husband hid Jewish children in a school for boys whose fathers were in the military.