Give your best to others, to get the best out of them

In the late 19th century, in a mental institution in Boston, Massachusetts was a young girl known as “Little Annie”. She was locked in a dungeon, which was reserved only for the hopeless cases. Little Annie was kept in a small cage in the dungeon with little light and even lesser hope.

An elderly nurse who was nearing retirement felt for Little Annie and somehow believed that she can revive this man-forsaken child. So she used to take her lunch into the dungeon and eat it outside Little Annie’s cage. Her intention was to communicate love and hope to Little Annie. But Little Annie gave no indication about the nurse’s presence. Then one day, the nurse left some brownies outside the cage and left. The next day when she returned she found the brownies gone. This gave the nurse some hope and she kept bringing brownies during her weekly visits.

Soon the doctors saw Little Annie recovering and moved her upstairs. Finally a day came when Little Annie was released from the mental hospital and into the free world as a perfectly normal human being. However, Little Annie wanted to stay back and help the other patients out just like how the nurse helped her recover.

Many years later, Queen Victoria of England, while bestowing the highest civilian award on Helen Keller, asked her how did she managed to accomplish so much despite being blind and deaf. Helen Keller said it was a woman named Anne Sullivan who treated her, loved her and worked with her. If it weren’t for Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller would never have influenced the world. And Anne Sullivan was knows as ‘Little Annie’ when young.

This true-life story should inspire each and every human being to give the gift of love and friendship to our fellowmen. How you present yourself and treat others depends totally on how you see them. If you see your brethren as good-for-nothing, you will treat them as good-for-nothings. And what do you think they will turn out to be? Of course, good-for-nothings. On the other hand, if you see them as God’s children, then you treat them with love and friendship.

Let Little Annie’s story be a guiding beacon in your life to help you make this world a better place. Lead your life as Mahatma Gandhi put it, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” It all starts with the man in your mirror.

God Bless.


John Bino


“Empowering people to increase their value to society


About the Author:
John Bino is a entrepreneur and success coach specializing in helping fellow entrepreneurs and the community at large to realize their true potential. His mission is to help people become more valuable to their family and the marketplace.
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