UNICEF subsequently tried to present George Harrison with an award, but fearing it would appear too much like a publicity stunt, George did not appear for even a modest ceremony. He later quietly accepted the award at a private gathering from his manager.
‘The reason we did it,’ [Paul B. ] Edwards said, 'was because we felt the magnitude of this act of private individuals reached so many people and moved the whole Bangladesh tragedy into the public consciousness before even the governments were willing to face up to it. The world was looking on in stunned horror, not doing anything about it, when Ravi and George drove it into their minds, particularly the young people’s. Why, they even inspired us to get… to work. You should have seen how what they did affected even the people at UNICEF.’
New York Post, 2 June 1972, via UNICEF Archives [x]
If you have asked Him to purify your intentions, and you find yourself being stopped from doing many things that you love to do or be part of, consider that your purification has already started. Be grateful, not hasty in sadness.
Know that there is nothing more humbling and purifying than accepting His decree with a full and satisfied heart!
Whoever has offended you and then approached you to apologize, humility obligates that you accept his apology whether it is truthful or not, and that you leave his secret thoughts to God.
The sign of generosity and humility is that if you notice a defect in his apology, you do not address it nor hold him against it.
[Madaarij as-Salikeen (Ranks of the Wayfarers): (2/338)]
George Harrison, onstage in Japan, 1991, as included in the Live in Japan CD liner notes. The tour started on 1 December 1991 and wrapped up, after 11 shows, on 17 December 1991.
Photo: Carl Studna
“George always wanted to know how you were, how you were feeling.” - Astrid Kirchherr [x]
“It was modesty. George was a modest person. That’s why he surrounded himself with all those musicians. He’d never say, ‘I’m the big star and the song goes the way I want it to.’” - Gary Brooker, Uncut, October 2010 [x]
“[T]he George Harrison Bob Purvis [of Splinter] knew and worked with rarely spoke about himself and always asked after his friend’s wife and children. It was as if the superstar had lost sight of his own ego and knew how to touch others: ‘George was always interested in you and made you feel special.’” - While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison [x]
“I don’t think George was very comfortable being in charge, and he was never one to say, ‘OK, we’re going to learn this or that.’ He would say things like: ‘Do you think we should try this song?,’ or, ‘That one isn’t really worth doing, is it?’ He would never say, ‘I want you to play this part,’ or, ‘Do it like this’ which was somewhat endearing, because it made you feel more involved with the process, as though you were part of a band rather than being a sideman.
[…] I learned something about George that I hadn’t expected. I have worked with a lot of people, but not with many others who have made me feel at ease so quickly. It wasn’t long before we were invited to his home, to get to know the family and himself a little better. During the course of the tour he was always calling up after the show and saying, ‘We’ve got a bit of food - would you like to come and share it with me?’ or ‘How about coming up for a glass of nice wine?’ even though he wasn’t drinking at all. It was all very genuine and it makes you want to work much harder for someone who treats you like that. He has that kind of personality where there is nothing to hide and he is very open and honest, which can be a refreshing thing in this business.” - Chuck Leavell, Mystical One: George Harrison After The Break-Up Of The Beatles [x]