Read in the paper the other day that Jerry Lewis, no not Jerry Lee Lewis, but Jerry Lewis, Comedian, actor, writer, producer and director who turns 83 this Year, has been doing Annual Telethons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association since 1952. Thus in this, his 58th occasion of doing so, has raised over 2 Billion, yes 2 billion dollars for the organization.
Which is very, very commendable but some people wonder why? You see nobody remotely connected to him, that they know of, has suffered from this hereditary muscle wasting disease, and he certainly doesn’t and so people wonder what it was that attracted him to it originally and still does. And Jerry won’t tell! He says, “It is not important why, just that I do.”
I know that it does seem strange to us for someone to be so committed to some cause without any real personal interest other than to do something good for someone that would not be otherwise helped. But I do agree with Jerry’s philosophy that when it comes to doing good deeds for others, “It is not important why, just that I do.”
Now again we may never be able to raise over 2 billion dollars in 580 years let alone 58. We may not even be able to raise more than a few thousand at best, if we are very lucky, but we can all do something if we want to and are prepared to be in it for the long haul, can’t we?
So in closing, what good deed or association can you help in some small way starting today? Not because you have to, but because you can: and because you want to for no other reason than you actually can?