No doubt most people have heard of the terrible incident where a Dallas area mother made up a story for her child in order to win prized Hannah Montana tickets. The story entitled “My Daddy Died This Year In Iraq.” Of course, the story was later found to be false and the tickets were withdrawn.
Showbiz tonight (part of CNN) has reported a truly touching story – in fact a polar opposite story compared to the which made headlines across the country. Here (as reported) a five year old girl – Jada Carlson – donated her Hannah Montana tickets to another for a truly selfless reason.
According to the report, Jada received expensive Hannah Montana tickets for Christmas from her mom Faith. While Jada was excited about going to the show, there was a story about one of Jada’s school mates – Gabby. It was reported that Gabby had been in and out of the hospital and people in her community have held fund raisers for her family to help with doctor bills.
Jada felt that Gabby needed one more thing to help her with the difficult time she was facing. So, in an act of selfless love, Jada gave Gabby her tickets so that “Gabby would know that Jada really did care!”
According to Jada’s mother – the only thing she asked of Gabby was that sometime in the future 30 years from now, she would remember and “pay it forward.”
Watching that video story was heart warming. To see the video click here: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/showbiz/2008/01/10/anderson.sbt.montana.miracle.cnn
Kudos to a child who saw past the personal value of self-gratification and enjoyed the greater value of “giving!” As a teen ethics speaker and founder of the Choices Foundation, you bet that this story will be used to contrast the difference between the consequences that come from right acts.
Every choice has a consequence. I speak about the “Truth about Consequences.” http://www.chuckgallagher.com In the first example the consequences for lying were humiliation and loss of the tickets. In this example the benefits for right actions have been incredible publicity and benefits that are yet to come.
What do you think? Feel free to comment!