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Whole Lives

An Excerpt from “A Good Man” – Chapter 21 – JohnA Passaroimage


Human greatness
Does not lie in wealth or power,
But in character and goodness.

Anne Frank


 

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In John Mackey’s book “Conscious Capitalism” he tells the story of when Whole Foods was just starting out.

Early in the company’s history, when Whole Foods had only four stores, Texas was hit with a great flood.

It wiped Whole Foods out.

They lost everything.

All inventory.

All equipment.

All hope.

All four of its stores were completely flooded.

Absolute and utter destruction.

They had no resources to recover.

They had no cash, no credit and no way of rebuilding.

In his book, John Mackey reminisces about the day after the rains had stopped when he literally swam to one of the Whole Foods stores.

When he arrived after the mile swim he was surprised by what he saw.

Total strangers were uniting to rebuild the Whole Foods store.

Strangers had cleaned up the debris, they pumped out the water, they swept away the dirt.

They offered him money.

Vendors extended him credit.

The store recovered.

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When John Mackey asked the strangers why they did what they did without being asked they replied,

“We love and believe in Whole Foods.

It is a good thing and you are a good man.

We just couldn’t see it destroyed.

We just had to help rebuild it.

It means that much to us.”

Whole Foods currently has 2,100 locations and produces over $11 Billion dollars in annual revenue.

It has been the primary catalyst for healthier eating in millions of our lives.

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And in the process, it has touched the lives of millions of people in a positive way.

It is amazing what Whole Foods has turned into.

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To think if it weren’t for the kindness of total strangers, Whole Foods wouldn’t exist today.

We all need love, especially in our time of need.

A company with 11 billion dollars in annual sales would have failed to exist if it didn’t get love at the right time.

Imagine, a few people’s love allowed Whole Foods to go from 4 stores to 2,100 stores and 11 billion in sales.

Every one of us has an opportunity to do the same thing.

We all see people in need every day of our lives.

Dante wrote: “He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he refused it.”

Act before being asked.

We each can be there for one another, providing hope and kindness in the midst of utter devastation.

Not allowing a good person or a good thing to die.

To rebuild.

To keep the mission alive.

Imagine if this rebuilding concept is duplicated 278 million times daily in the United States.

Imagine how many “Whole Lives” we could rebuild.

It has been said the way you value a life lived is by the army that comes together in its time of need.

If you value ones’ life, be there to help rebuild that life after a storm has hit.

Everyone alive today has a teetering Whole Foods in their lives they could help resurrect.

Imagine the difference you will make by showing up, without being asked, when all hope seems to be lost.

2,100 stores and 11 billion in revenue magnified 278 million times.

Imagine.


READ THE COMPLETE BOOK ONLINE

1. THE FACTS

2. INSIDE OUT

3. STILL LIVING

4. CHARADES

5. NATURES MAGNETIC PULL

6. NATURE KNOCKING

7. CARE IS THERE

8. TRULY KNOWING

9. A VALUABLE NICKEL

10. MY BOSS

11. LEAD BY EXAMPLE

12. THE COST OF AN ENEMY

13. ASK, LISTEN, IMPLEMENT

14. LITTLE THINGS

15. WHEN A STATION WAGON IS MORE VALUABLE THAN A RED FERRARI

16. MR. MONEYBAGS

17. LET’S NOT GO TO THE VIDEOTAPE

18. SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION

19. SUMMER BONUS

20. WINTER DARKNESS

21. WHOLE SEASONS

22. GRAND THEFT AUTO

23. NEW COKE

24. OLD NAKED LADY

25. THE GRAVITY OF LIFE

26. ASS BACKWARDS AND THE ONE EYED GUY

27. WHEN YOUR LIGHT GOES OUT

28. TONIC WATER LADY

29. THE MILLISECOND OF TRUTH

30. YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN

31. LOOK ON YOUR STOOP

32. THE LOVELESS PRISON

33. DON’T LET THE LIE WIN

34. A D.I.M.E. IS WORTHLESS

35. SEPARATION OF ACT AND PERSON

36. ANGELS ON A TRAIN

37. MY WISH

38. THREE WISHES

39. SILENT WHISPERS

40. WHOLE LIVES


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