September 22, 2014

Take time to help others

Posted 9/20/10

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More and more these days I feel like common courtesy is being lost in our society.

Whatever happened to holding the door open for a stranger, or how come people don’t give a friendly wave to someone now and again?

An incident that occurred last Friday really opened my eyes to the selfishness of society.

Now, let me start by saying that I am as guilty as anyone when it comes to concentrating on my own agenda.

Sure, I will hold open a door for anyone who crosses my path at the gas station or a restaurant, but when I am in a hurry to get someplace, watch out. My truck is driving five mph over the speed limit, and I am on a mission.

This Friday I was driving down M-13 on my way to Bay City to cover a football game when I came to the US-23 overpass. A truck that had its boom too high had hit the top of the overpass, scattering chunks of concrete across M-13.

The first thought that came to my mind was to get photos for the paper and find out what the heck happened.

As the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department arrived on the scene, I was taking photos. An elderly couple from Saginaw stopped to tell me they had seen the accident happen and thought they had hit some of the debris. I took a few notes, not thinking anything of the situation.

For another 10 minutes I took pictures and talked with people as the elderly couple continued to sit on the side of the road.

Car after car after car drove by as the man began to attempt to jack up his car and loosen the lug nuts on the tire.

In the corner of my eye I could see this man struggling, not able to loosen the lugs.

Finally, I stopped what I was doing to help, thinking the whole time that I would never get the pictures up on the website in time to make it to Bay City for the football game.

But, as I began jacking the car and changing the tire, I started to feel good about myself. I thought, “So what if I am a little late? The game will still be there when I finish.”

It was then I noticed the car was leaking anti-freeze. I knew that the couple, who had to be in their late 80s, would not make it to Saginaw.

I told the man that I would follow him to the closest car dealer so they could make any repairs and check the car for further damage.

When I knew the couple were going to be fine, I left the dealership and went on my way.

When I shook the man’s hand, he told me that had I not helped he did not know what he would have done.

I have not felt so good about something like that in years. It reminded me that helping out and being nice to people can be a great thing.

Why not be humble and helpful? We should all take time to do something for someone, even if it is inconvenient for us.

Under a different circumstance, I may have drove right past that couple. But I am glad I was there.

I would have wanted someone to help me, and I am glad I helped them.

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