Friday, April 25, 2014

A Hand to Hold

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
-William James

No one got his name. Not sure anyone else noticed the man in the orange shorts. But my friend who took this picture will never forget him.

“He held his hand. He dropped to his knees and just started praying and held his hand,” Michelle Nault's voice caught in her throat as she recounted the horrible story of witnessing a fatal drowning at Fort DeSoto Park this past weekend.

The news reports say the 64-year-old victim became distressed during the swimming portion of a triathalon. Fellow athletes and lifeguards pulled him to shore and began CPR before medics arrived. Everyone did what they could, and when there was nothing that could be done, the man on the right did something anyway.

“I was mesmerized by the awesome, selfless random act of kindness. At that moment, I felt like the world was full of kindness and love and I was glad I was paying attention,” Michelle recalled.

I like to write about childlike virtues and glimpses of wonder on this blog. Occasionally, I get to write about both.

Who was this stranger? Does he know that another stranger, who wasn’t even there, is thinking about him today, and looking for hands in need of holding because of him?

Have you ever caught a glimpse of people at their best?

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