The emergency in this story really did happen. So did all the action described afterwards. People are there to help. We just need to know how to communicate.
In an Emergency – #646
The young mother had collapsed. The ambulance whisked her away. Before her husband could get the kids settled and reach the hospital, she was in surgery. It did not go well. There were complications.
He posted what had happened on Face Book. Dozens of get well wishes were posted.
Some urged the family to let them know if anything was needed. Generous people with good intent were doing nothing, waiting to get a call to action. I posted a blatant message.
“Don’t ask if he needs anything. Figure out what YOU would need, at a time like this and JUST GO DO IT!”
My post seemed to be a catalyst. A neighbor drove the kids to school. Some friends came and cleaned the house. Clothes were washed, dried and put away. Prepared meals were delivered. Fresh flowers showed up on the table.
The family glided through the wife’s stay in the hospital, her days in rehab and her confinement at home. It all had a happy ending, thanks to those who stepped up and pitched in.
If someone in your life has an emergency, don’t take a passive stand. Jump in and do something. Walk the dog . . . water the flowers . . . take the kids for burgers. Pour out the love, like Mike and Suzanne’s friends and neighbors did. Thanks, y’all.
What action do you think we should NEVER take, if we want to help?