May we all learn from the dignity of Japan
I’m enjoying a weekend in Monaco with some of our top distributors. Spent the past week traveling through CIS, hosting 1,000 leaders in mountainous and beautiful Kazakhstan and had a chance to visit with friends in Paris. It’s been a rush of travel, meeting people, celebrating leadership…and continuing prayers for Japan.
Everywhere I go we talk about Japan, what has happened there and how XANGO Nation is showing its support.
As I’ve traveled, I’ve continued to get news from Japan and daily updates from our general manager of Japan and our employees and distributors there. Together with our staff and our charitable partner AmeriCares, XANGO is identifying numerous ways to support the Japanese people through this crisis. We’ve also formed other critical partnerships with organizations that will extend our collective relief efforts.
Even before founding and building XANGO, I spent a lot of time in Japan working with industry leaders. One has only to spend a few days in Japan to get a sense of the honor code that is an integral part of the national culture. I can best describe it as a powerful sense of selflessness…a dedication to duty, neighbor and discipline that has become especially evident during the earthquake, tsunami and ensuing nuclear plant crisis.
In every account I hear, both news and personal, the Japanese people are enduring these hardships with a profound dignity and grace. It’s an example the rest of us should strive to emulate. They’re waiting patiently at railroad stations and airports while the transportation infrastructure recovers. They’re cleaning up shattered towns, taking account of lives lost and gathering survivors. Their store shelves are bare, not from looting, but from need and yet they wait patiently for more supplies.
Perhaps it is the image of the workers at the stricken nuclear plants that best exemplifies this sense of sacrifice for me — these workers, exposing themselves to dangerous, even deadly, doses of radiation to protect their fellow citizens may become the lasting image of selflessness from this series of natural disasters.
Yes, we should pray for Japan and give generously to the recovery efforts. It is also important that we learn from the Japanese and the example they are setting. By this noble example, we can all be better when honor is needed the most.
We’re pleased to announce a corporate matching program. Throughout the next few weeks, XANGO will match a portion of donations made to aid Japan. Simply visit www.xangogoodness.org, click on the “Donate” button and specify “JAPAN” in the purpose field. We pledge that any amount you donate for Japan will reach those in need. Our corporate match program has also been extended to donations from our employees who are eager to help. In fact, our employees will participate in a corporate activity, to be carried out over the coming weeks, to assemble relief and comfort kits for survivors.