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There are no coincidences

Just got back from a friend’s wedding in Atlanta.

On the airplane trip leaving from Logan very early Friday morning I was half asleep when I realized my wife and I would not have the row of seats to ourselves.

An Indian-American looking fellow was sitting in the aisle seat, and he moved to let us in.

I wonder if he thought I was an Irish-American looking fellow?

He greeted was with a pleasant smile, and he actually had the nerve to talk with me.

Imagine that.

As it turned out, this fellow was one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met on a plane trip, and I’ll go so far as to suggest he might be one of the most impressive people I’ve ever met.

His name is Balbir Mansur, founder and president of Trees for Life, international.

His not-for-profit organization is an effort/ movement to help people help themselves. It’s not some kind of feel-good effort, and it’s not done for money.

It became abundantly clear that he was, at one time, a financially successful businessman who has devoted his life to the cause of helping others, to his own personal financial detriment.

He seeks no applause or attention.

His interest is people and being a servant of others.

He is totally contented knowing that he is living his life’s purpose, and material wealth means nothing to him.

The fruits of his work will not be seen for generations. They are the roots.

The man was flat-out impressive.

He oozed caring and compassion.

It didn’t take very long to realize I could learn a thing or two from this guy.

I mention this story to show how there are no coincidences in this world.

I am struck with the fact that we are presented with countless opportunities to interact with others, and many times pay no attention or just blow them off.

It is a huge mistake.

I’m so thankful that I was—- that time—– open to what was happening, and ended up with a new friend who had some very helpful and insightful things to share.

It was designed/intended that I meet Balbir on this trip.

This was no mere coincidence.

If you have a chance I urge you to check out Balbir’s website: www.treesforlife.org

Thanks for reading these blogs, even when they have nothing to do with my work as an injury lawyer.

Keep your strength.

Charlie Donahue

personal injury lawyer.

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