Heard of it? You probably should have by now.
If it wasn't for Mr Fleming's discovery, many of us today may not be alive.
This week I have been home sick. It hasn't been fun. Being home from work seems like a great idea but it pushes everything back. When you can't get out of bed or do the things you usually love to do, you start feeling hopeless. It also doesn't help when everyone around you seems to be having such a marvellous week from weddings, to engagements, to employment, to holidays, to just being able to go the beach.
Stephen reminded me something though. To be grateful for the blessings I have or even more importantly the blessings that have been given to other people.
Mr Fleming here was blessed with knowledge and intelligence great enough to discover penicillin which saved the lives of thousands. I thank God for him and his blessing. He probably spent many days sick at home, or saw many people fall away to illness, especially during the war. He probably had the worst weeks ever - much worse than me. But he pushed on, he kept going and thanks to his perseverance and fortunate luck, he discovered that little penicillin mould growing in that petri dish.
The rest is history.
I am grateful today for all the blessings that other people have been given. I am grateful for all the people who have helped change and heal the world. What a miracle these blessings are.
Who are you grateful for?