We often forget how many thoughtful, helpful compassionate people there are in this world. Yes, there are people who are willing to help out a total stranger in desperate need.
A couple years ago I flew to Phoenix to visit my son. I was traveling alone.
On the return flight I had a layover at LAX. From LAX there was a small shuttle plane that flew to the small desert community I live in. It’s a good 3 hour drive.
Upon arriving at LAX I became very sick. The terminal manager was keeping a close eye on me. I kept insisting that I could take the small shuttle flight. After about 2 hours of me being sick, she refused to let me on my shuttle flight, and called my husband to come to the airport to pick me up.
I would go in the ladies room, be sick and then come out to the terminal to lay on some nearby chairs. There was a businessman who kept the seats empty for me. He offered me water, crackers and anything that might help. He kept saying he felt sorry for me.
What really surprised me as how many women helped me while I was in the bathroom, being violently ill. Women wet paper towels to cool me off. They held my long hair while I vomited. They asked if there was anybody with me and if they could get anybody or anything for me.
About an hour after the terminal manager called my husband, she decided I was way to sick. She told me she was calling the ambulance, and I would need to go to the hospital. By this time, I was laying on the floor in massive pain.
It took the ER about 5 hours to get the vomiting to stop. I had a combination food-poisoning gallbladder attack. It was the sickest I have ever been in my life. I was taken into surgery to have my gallbladder removed.
What amazed me is all of the people who sincerely cared about me that day. They did everything in their power to help. I have often sent them a silent thanks. To this day I have no idea who any of them were.
The next time you’re in a position to help out someone in need – DO IT! We all need help at times. Remember that you reap what you sow. It could be you or a loved one in need.