Deeply religious, Sam Lien Le has lived his life by the belief that a good turn is to be repaid by having it done to others. A survivor of the Vietnam War, re-education camps, and a harrowing escape to freedom, he and his family have gone on to become a true American immigrant success story.
You and I go through life with much expectations from all well-meaning people, parents, grandparents, teachers and friends who don’t want us to fall on our face; they don’t want us to get hurt, and of course, after all, they don’t want us to make mistakes.
The question is: can you live your life without a mistake? Or, to put it bluntly, can you grow, as a human being, by not making mistake? It is a soul-searching question, is it not?
Sam gave this speech to Toastmaster’s Club in Spokane on July 31st 2009;
I am very sure each of you here in this audience, at one time or another, have been touched by an act of kindness, or perhaps, have felt good about kindness that you have extended to others.
I myself have always been fascinated and deeply moved by kindness that I received from other people. It was so powerful that not only did it change my life, but also saved it as well.
In my book,“The Spirit Stills the Storms” I detailed an incident in which Captain Ray Striler, an officer of the US Army Special Forces who, out of his kind heart, decided to ship me out of the war zone so that I could escape the sniper shot that took the life of my replacement. Or, upon my arrival at the village of Liminancong of Palawan in the Philippines, the village chief, Mr Miguel, under the downpour of rain and storm, took me into his home, clothed me and fed me.