Reminders of life lessons often happen when we least expect them – and most need the nudge.
Something happened this week that really made me stop and think – a LOT.
I witnessed something traumatic that picked my up by the scruff and gave me a good shaking.
It made me want to reach out to you, because maybe this will help you to – but also because I haven’t been writing all that often, and that is something I want to change.
Here’s what happened:
I was in Canberra last week for work – and finished it off with my “3 Keys to Creating a Healthier Home” workshop at WoW (it was great to have a room full of people who were interested and informed and wanted to make a difference) and my Dad’s 91st birthday (he is in such good health and spirit).
At the airport, I was heading over to the desk to check my luggage in when I spotted an older gentleman sitting on the floor with his head in his hands, his wife standing next to him looking concerned. Our exchange went like this:
“Are you both okay?” I enquire.“He’s not,” she says.“What can I do to help you?”“Nothing, we are just deciding whether we are flying or not.”“Can I get help for you? Do want me to get airport staff? Medical aid??”“No, we’re fine,” she assures me.
I join the queue, not wanting to be an annoying stranger, but really sensing the need to help them.
A few minutes later, I hear a crash.
I turn to see him collapsed on the floor. They had begun to walk, and he collapsed.
Things happened quickly now.
There was a crowd of passengers around him, assisting. One comes back to ask the airline staff to get the paramedics – the staff spring into action.
Then, they flip the man onto his back and begin CPR – pumping his chest and then breathing for him.
I am in shock – he is dead.
They stop CPR as they have revived him… Thank goodness!!
Without more story, he was still alive the last time I saw him – and I hope that he is okay.
I really was in shock.
It was clear they needed help. I had offered. They refused. He collapsed, died and was revived. I put myself in her shoes – her loved one collapsed and died in front of eyes.
Just like that.
The “what if’s” flooded my mind. What if I had’ve called for help regardless and he didn’t die there? What if…?????
Needless to say, I was a very upset and crying a lot.
Then, instead of beating myself up for not seeking the help that they hadn’t wanted, instead I focused on the lessons.
Life Lessons: here is what I learned from this
1) Make the most of the here and now – every person, moment, event, etc because you never know when things will change.
2) Don’t put things off – do them now – take action!
I often catch myself thinking, “I’ll do that when I retire.” I may not make it!
3) Don’t leave things unresolved – sort out problems, heal wounds, build bridges.
4) If there is something wrong, reach out, tell the truth about what is going on – not like the little boy who cried wolf, but genuinely.
I hope that sharing this traumatic situation will be of benefit to you and others.
I challenge you to reach out to someone to remind them you love them – and perhaps even stretch that out to someone that there has been some discomfort with.
Have a happy and healthy day.
Shine and Succeed!
PS If you would like supporting in moving forward and creating positive change in your life, then I would love to have a chat with you. I have a few spaces in my calendar coming up this week, so choose one here.
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