Good Samaritans… they still exist

On an early morning stroll to a CPR/First Aid training session, I had taken a nasty fall… one like I had never experienced before. Despite the irony of where I was headed and what just happened to me, I also realized that there was no one around to help me off the ground. I had managed to hit my face on the box of books I was carrying to training, tore a significant amount of skin off my right knee, and landed hard on the cement onto my left shoulder and arm. I’m not sure when exactly my embarrassment set in, but it must have been immediately after a woman’s voice hovered over me asking if I needed help. A man’s voice soon followed close to my head asking if I was in any pain. In my adult life, I have fallen down or tripped a total of eight times. Out of those eight times, someone came along to help me only twice. This last fall was the second time, making this fall #8. Despite my embarrassment at being a grown woman who had fallen down AGAIN, these two good Samaritans stopped, showed me kindness, concern, and care, and stayed with me until emergency personnel could attend to me.

While in the emergency room of a hospital, I had time to reflect on the reasons why more people do not stop to help a person who is obviously in need of assistance. Having been certified in First Aid and CPR in the past, I remembered our instructors telling us that people react out of fear themselves. Some fear they might not be able to help the right way, while others fear possible backlash from assisting someone. Still others may tell themselves that someone “else” more qualified will come to a person’s aid. All this boils down to the fear that something bad might come back to the person providing assistance. In nearly all of the 50 United States, there is some form of Good Samaritan law that not only dictates how people are to behave, but also “protects” them from backlash or consequences that may occur from one’s efforts to assist an injured person. For a definition of Good Samaritan Laws, see http://definitions.uslegal.com/g/good-samaritans.

Regardless of what you believe an individual’s responsibility may be in an emergency situation like the one that happened to me, it isn’t just a good thing to do… it is the “right” thing to do. I have often mentioned in previous blogs that we are all our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. In my each book of The Last Prophet series thus far, the main character(s) has/have stressed that we were created to care for each other. Sophia, the main character in the entire series, states this over and over again, but most especially when it is delivered in her visions or in the messages she delivers from God. By The Creator’s design, we were made to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. That includes taking care of one another. The very parable of the Good Samaritan in the Bible is the example used across religions, faith practices, and spiritual leaders of all walks. It’s just the “right” thing to do. Unfortunately, not everyone feels comfortable doing so. However, for me, I am thankful to the man and woman who stopped to help me this past week. My gratitude goes out to my two special angels who attended to my needs. Namasté.

If given the situation I mentioned above, would you stop to help someone in need? Do you think we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers? Please comment in the space provided.

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