By Marilyn Jenett – Reprinted with permission
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. I’m going to roam off the usual path…
Born a 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.
Stories of the Holocaust always bring tears. Not because I’m Jewish. Because I’m human. And that’s why I want to tell you this story. 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…
Maybe 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,” renews our faith in our ability to overcome those challenges…and may even change our life forever….
I hope it will remind you of a very important aspect of prosperity consciousness…the ability to realize how fortunate you really are…
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 Malibu estate.
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 concentration camp.”
Punty sat me down and told me a story that left me stunned.
When 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. She said that the women were crying and screaming, “God, why have you done this to me?”
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.
Her 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.
I 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.
I 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 prosperity laws.
I first posted this story about Punty online a few years ago. Her granddaughter, Johanna Engel, 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:
I’m 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 it.
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…
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Marilyn Jenett, an accomplished business owner in the corporate arena, founded the Feel Free to Prosper program to mentor and teach others to become aligned with Universal laws and accept their right to prosper. For more information, visit www.FeelFreetoProsper.com.
Marilyn’s upcoming books are Feel Free to Prosper: An Entrepreneurial Memoir of Synchronicity and Guidance and Feel Free to Prosper: Two Weeks to Unexpected Income With the Simplest Prosperity Laws Available, based on her teachings.