Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Juggling Priorities: A Meeting Transformed

--by courts, posted Oct 21, 2006
I was driving on my way to a very important meeting at my university, which was starting in 10 minutes (I live 10 mins away) and had just driven out of my driveway when I saw an older woman on the side of the road shaking uncontrollably. I looked at my watch and knew I would be late but I decided to do the right thing and stopped.

She had been walking across the road and had blacked out and fallen in the middle of the road. Another couple had helped her to get across but then had left her. I decided that she would be my act of kindness for the week. I put her in my car, bundled her up in blankets for the shock and took her to the hospital. I sat with her in the emergency room and waited unitl she had been seen and was ok. I wrote my number on the back of a smile card and left it with her and told her to call me when she was feeling better. I didn't make my meeting, and got in trouble, but for once I didn't care at all!!!

She wrote to me the other day and was so thankful for someone stopping. I would do it again in a heart beat!!!
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Arobe wrote: I too have been in "trouble" at work for helping someone out when I should have been at work. In my case it was a friend who is a single mother. She and her youngest were stuck in a parking lot with a dead battery and her oldest son was at football practice. I would also do it again in a heartbeat... there are other jobs to get, but only one chance to help a person in need when they need it.

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