A Nobel Peace Prize Winner In My Eyes At Least!
Irena Sendler (2008) is not a Nobel Peace Prize Winner, however in my eyes she is a Nobel Prize Winner. She’s a woman who was born with a personal mission that saved many young children’s lives. I wanted to share her story with you so that she goes down in history as a very very very Nobel Prize Winner, in your eyes too.
Irena Sendler was a Polish Catholic nurse and social worker born to accomplish a very important personal mission. She passed away in 2008 (aged 98), but not before she saved and changed the lives of thousands of children. During WWII Irena sought and got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist. You might think this is not a job with an inspiring life purpose or mission. However, Irena had a strategic mission plan – an ‘ulterior motive’.
She knew what the Nazi’s plans were for the Jews, and began to smuggle infants out in the bottom of her tool box she carried in the back of her truck. To distract the Nazi soldiers, Irena trained her dog to sit in the back of the truck and bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanting nothing to do with the dog, let her through and the barking covered the childrens’ noises. A very smart strategy.
Irena managed to smuggle out and save 2500 children. Unfortuneately she was eventually caught, and the Nazi’s broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely. She survived only to achieve yet another personal mission.
Irena kept a record of the names of all the children she smuggled out, and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived, to reunite the families. Most of them perished in the gas chambers, and so she helped the children get placed into foster homes or adopted.
In 2007 Irena Sendler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Because she did not meet the criteria of “significant activities during the past two years,” she was not awarded with the prize. However she did receive world-wide attention for her story. A very Nobel woman wouldn’t you say? A Nobel Prize Winner in the eyes of many.
In 2013, in the West, we are somewhat lucky that stepping up into our personal missions will not result in having our legs and arms broken, nor being beaten almost to death. If a woman like Irena can have the courage to step into her personal mission, surely we all can overcome our blocks to step into that very thing we were born for, so together we can make a bigger difference!
If you want to Discover What You Are Here To Do, and get on with making a difference carrying out your Personal Mission, be sure to read my latest book that helps you to get on your life path. Who knows, you may well end up being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and get it! Click the link above or the book to your right to learn more.