Today, our news is filled with accounts of sensationalized news, recent horrible storms, a terrible record-setting heat wave with temperatures reaching 105 degrees, and other bad news; such as the economy, unemployment, murder, crime, war and the like. There has indeed been a substantive amount of news lately, and even more complaining about certain local electric company’s inability to fixing things fast enough.
Well, yesterday I heard a story by word of mouth from a friend (about 15 miles away in Germantown, Maryland) where an 86 a year old woman had walked to the big box food store in the 100 degree heat to buy some food and ice as she was out of her small ration of food which she had kept on ice in little cooler which contained bologna and cheese for sandwiches.
More critically, no one, not a single person had checked in on her and she had no family in the area. She mentioned to the deli worker that there were a lot of elderly in her neighborhood. She did not have any AC. She did not own a car anymore. She did not have a cell phone. She did not have the Internet. And, she had survived the intense 100 degree weather by sitting in her doorway step to catch a little breeze when it came through.
I was shocked, no I was mad actually to hear about this. No one had checked on her or the other elderly in her neighbor. But, she assured my friend that she was fine, just a little hot.
My friend could not leave her job with 35 people in line buying food in the aftermath of the storms and electrical outages, but she gave her personal phone number-just encase she needed anything-at any time. The elderly woman then walked back home, in the 100 plus degree weather.
It is my hope that you will take the time to go take some food and ice with you to the house bound, and the elderly who are possibly shut ins, check on them and offer to take them to nearby cooling centers or a local mall.
The heat has indeed been daunting (and winter time is also another tough time for specific at risk populations). Please go early and check on your neighbors, go door-to-door if need be. It will only take about a 1/2 hour of your time.
And, lest we forget the power of good and how just one single person can make a difference in the lives of others, I would like to share the following story I came across this morning. I would like to encourage those of you reading to take a look at the short video clip directly below. If you have not ever seen this before, it is a moving experience recently annotated (2008-1009) more than some 70 years later about Sir Nicholas Winton’s impact.
I hope we all can take to heart the quiet example of this one person and apply it to our lives today, without a lot of fan fare and news coverage. In 2009, Sir Nicholas Winton turned 100 years old and he is now 103 years old.
His advice from a long life: “Don’t be content in your life to just do no wrong, be ready everyday to do something good”
A short student documentary about students’ experiences during the Bratislava History Project included meeting Sir Nicholas Winton and HM Queen Elizabeth II. It is a student film produced by 12th grade IB Film students at the British International School of Bratislava.
May each of us remember the potential impact for good we each have in our own lives to touch others.
We do not need modern technology to do some thing genuinely good for others, but because of modern technology we are able to learn of the selfless deeds of one man some 70 years earlier.