What was the last noble thing you did? Daily Post topic # 335

What was the last noble thing you did?. Noble thing that I did? I am not sure that the do-er of a noble deed recognizes it at the time. Nobility to me speaks of something that is huge. For example: Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird was noble. However, if I think about things I have done that were generous I would think of my participation in the recent turkey-giving drive at my church. They collected donated frozen turkeys at a nearby grocery store for a food bank. The economy is dreadful in Arizona. My husband and I decided that we would participate and we donated 7 turkeys. I wish I had the funds to donate 1,000. But as I say, if each person that can do something does do something…..pretty soon the room is all lit up with generosity and goodness. Now I don’t think of that donation as noble. I do think of it as generous and kind.

When our infant daughter suffered complications a few days after surgery, we tried to donate her organs, but they were too far gone. I think of that thought as noble… because in our grieving and our loss we did think of others. However, it isn’t as astonishingly generous as you would think. One of our daughter’s roommates at the hospital was an infant boy named James Caron. He had been in the hospital a bit longer than our daughter. He was awaiting a liver transplant. We so very much hoped that our daughter’s liver could go to him. But her liver and other organs weren’t transplantable at that point. That made the loss doubly heartbreaking for us. His parents were moved beyond measure that we would consider it. We were moved beyond measure that God had brought us all together and we hoped that His purpose was for our daughter to help save his life.  He later received a transplant, but he was so ill by then that it did not save him.

So as it turned out, God had brought our families and babies together so that they could meet on Earth before they med in heaven. When I think of Advent and Christmas season I think of how many gifts God gives us. Sometimes the gifts look like loss…but really they are not. God bless you today.



About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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4 Responses to What was the last noble thing you did? Daily Post topic # 335

  1. auntyuta says:

    Thanks Kate for sharing this very moving story. I feel sorry for your great loss. I admire you that despite your loss you turned to God in a positive way. You as a couple and the other parents were able to help each other in your grieving. How very touching! Thank you so much for writing about it. Wanting to help with organ donation for sure is very noble.
    I noticed the other day a quote by the DALAI LAMA: ‘Compassion and love are not mere luxuries . . . They are fundamental to the continued survival of our species.’
    It means: ‘Love thy neighbour!’ Doesn’t it?

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Thank you Uta. It was so very long ago by now that all is left is the sweetness. The sorrow was healed by my son. And I truly agree with your Dalai Lama quote. thank you so much for appreciating my post! James’ parents truly touched the lives of hundreds in that hospital and their home town in Canada. We were honored, honored to know them and blessed.

  2. “Sometimes the gifts look like loss…but really they are not.”

    This line is so very powerful in its simplicity and its truth.

    And, I for one, do think it was noble to offer the gift of donation, particularly during your time of extreme sadness, because your heart was in the offer which is where nobility starts.

    God bless you, Kate.

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