The Good Samaritan

I was on my way to work this morning when the streetcar stopped suddenly. I looked up from my book and saw that we weren’t at a designated stop – we had unexpectedly stopped in the middle of the road. The driver suddenly exited the streetcar, and I let out an annoyed sigh, thinking that the cables had come loose and that the delay would make me late for work.

After a few seconds, I realized that the driver had run across the street to help an elderly woman who had fallen off her mobility scooter. The fascinating part was that it was only after the driver started helping her, that other passers-by started helping as well. As many as three other people stopped to help the woman.

It was so inspiring to see such a selfless and courageous act on a Tuesday morning. Before I got off my stop, I told the driver, “I just want to tell you that what you did back there was really inspiring and courageous.” With that one act, the driver had restored my ever-dwindling faith in humanity and forced me to step out of my self-centred way of thinking.

The next time you see an opportunity to help someone in need, I sincerely hope that you take it! The impact of a kind gesture could end up being far greater than you can imagine.