Yesterday, I witnessed an accident. Silver SUV versus red PT Cruiser; nobody won. But that isn’t what I wanted to talk about.
We called 9-1-1. According to recent news stories, we should have had to wait anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes but the police and EMS both showed up in less than five. In the meantime, an off-duty paramedic administered first aid to the PT Cruiser’s driver while a bystander directed traffic around the accident. Other witnesses delivered whatever help or comfort they could, and then remained on scene to provide the recording officer with pertinent information. EMS used the aptly named “Jaws of Life” to pry the Cruiser’s driver out of his vehicle. In all, the inhabitants of no less than six cars stopped to render aide. No one complained about the inconvenience, or anything else. They were all glad to help.
Why am I telling you this?
The world we live in can seem so very cold. The news gives us reports of kidnappings, molestations, military coups and genocide. Tales of senseless shootings, robberies, fraud, scandal and embezzlement dominate the headlines of every paper. It would be easy to think that the world is a terrible, dangerous place because, in many ways, it is.
But it is also a place of wonder and beauty. It is important that we not forget that. There is great value in the fact that there are still those who believe in taking the time to reach out to another human in need.
So, this is not a review of a movie, or a book, but my take on, my appreciation for, those whose unselfishness yesterday reminded me of the value of service, and of connection.
Thanks for letting me share, and happy writing.