Today I was once again reminded of how grim life can be for some, and why we should take a moment or two to reflect on the positives we have going for us.
I say this because, a few hours ago, I basically saw a man almost lose his life. It was quite an eye opening experience. It all happened in the span of fifteen or so minutes. I was waiting on my cousin, who was getting a checkup at the hospital. Some guys stood by the car chatting with themselves. From their appearance (Raggedy, scruff and dusty), it was safe to say they were probably homeless. I paid them no mind, blissfully listening to my Ipod and hoping my cousin could hurry the heck up. Next thing I know, WHAM!, one of the guys had hit the ground. At first I thought he was joking around. Mind you, it was freezing outside, which made me wonder why he would be clowning around, laying on the frigid pavement? His friends start yelling at him to get up, but to no avail. This man by now had started convulsing and trembling uncontrollably. White foam slowly covered his mouth, it was clear to us all that he was having an epileptic fit. He jerked around wildly, and sadly no one could do anything about it. A thousand things ran through my mind at that point, mostly how this man could die in front of a hospital without getting any help.
A small crowd had gathered by now, and luckily for him, someone had called 911. An ambulance pulled up shortly, and he was carted off into the hospital. I hope and pray the man is alright. Whatever happened to him from that point on is anybody’s guess. It just made me realize how lucky I am. Yet again I am reminded of the contrast between my reality and that of so many. This man not only has epilepsy, but no home to go to. Talk about a double dose of disaster. He was very fortunate to have collapsed in front of a hospital, and more importantly to have people around who actually cared. I can’t imagine what the situation might have been if he had the same bout on a park bench without anyone around to help.
I for one am very grateful for being healthy and able. There are probably people out there that would love to be in my shoes. I listened to a song recently, and the gist of the song was, “there’s a car accident, and someone’s complaining that they are late for work, but in that same accident, someone died and two people got crippled. Think those people wouldn’t mind changing places with the guy who is complaining.”
Bottom line, when complaining, always realize that there’s someone out there who is having it worse. It wouldn’t hurt to take time to reflect on the positives we have going for us.