Almost every picture taken of Charlie Harary during his speaking events sponsored by The SAFE Foundation was blurry. This was not just because the photographer was not a professional; it’s because Charlie Harary, a world-renowned lecturer, creates a flurry of non-stop movement as he speaks. He gestures this way and that, paces back and forth, and throws his voice up and down, drawing the audience in to his story. On this day in early May, 2014 Harary proved that we do not need a computer or a TV to entertain children.
At both Magen David and Barkai Yeshivas, students sat riveted by Harary’s tale of a blind boy who, due to the dedication of his caring older brother, learned to shoot basketballs from the foul line.
Harary told this tale to convey that great things happen when people think beyond themselves. He said, “We all very different, but we all want the same thing. We all want to be great. But how do we become great?’” He exclaimed, “Having a good life is when we feel that there are green lights in front of us and there is a bounce in our steps. ‘Good’ is when good things happen to me. When I’m the hero, I’m the man, I’m popular, I said the right thing… ‘Good’ is when I win! Yes, we can have a good life.
But there is another option we can take. There is another level higher than ‘good’, and that is ‘GREAT’! ‘Good’ is about me. Great is when we help others, when we pass the ball; look out for the disadvantaged; when we are givers, not takers.”
Harary swung his arms around and said, “Look at this at this building; it is here because people decided to build for future generations!”
Harary then simply stated, “Life isn’t about what you need; it’s about what you are needed for.”
Director of Project SAFE Shira Berkowitz said, “Charlie Harary’s message is right in line with what we try to teach our students. SAFE is not just about educating about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and gambling. We also aim to build personalities that are resistant to falling prey to dangerous habits. And we see that children who learn to think outside of themselves are more likely to lead healthy lifestyles.”