"Just Do It"
About 10 years ago my daughter was about 2500 kilometers from Newcastle, and rang me one day sobbing because of an emotional trauma she was facing. She was about 20, and in a town known as Ayrlie Beach in Northern Queensland. I asked her what it was that she needed most in that moment, and she replied that she needed support, and my arms around her would be the best thing that she could hope for! Because I couldn't do that in that exact moment, I asked her to describe her surroundings to me (I have absolutely no idea 'why', at the time), and said that if she hadn't heard from me in about 30 minutes to ring me back. I asked her to stay exactly where she was. I had no idea how I was going to ring her back, by the way, as she was calling from a public phone booth (one of three), near a little park, surrounded by a few shops in the main street of Ayrlie Beach.
OK then, after hanging up the phone, I just sat for a few seconds. After only a very short time a phone number 'jumped into my head', and even though I recognized it, it wasn't a commonly used number of mine. I rang the number and it was a woman who had bought a house from me about 18 months previously, when I was working in Real Estate. My exact words to her were these, "Oh, it's you Liz, I have no idea why I'm calling you in particular, but my daughter is stranded in Ayrlie Beach, and I just got the thought to ring you and tell you that. Have you any idea why?"
"It could be because my Son lives there," says Liz.
"Oh really, that's got to be it," I said. "Do you mind giving me his phone number Liz?"
"Of course not, and I can only hope that he can be of some help!"
Liz gave me his mobile number and I rang straight away (only about 5 minutes have passed since telling my daughter that somehow I'd get her help). Fortunately, he answered immediately, and I told him the story of who I was, and why I'd rung.
I gave him the description of my daughter; where she was standing; and that she needed emotional support if he could find it in his heart to help out so unexpectedly like this. "Oh yes, I can see her," he said..."she's right across the street from where I'm standing!" He walked across the street and told my daughter that her Dad had sent him!
Imagine that...she almost fainted! Only about 10 minutes had passed since she had rung me! She was taken to a safe house, nurtured and supported, given food and a bed for a couple nights; and then given money to get herself to where she needed to be.
"Just Do It"
It may save a life or two, if we can embrace a "Just Do It" attitude.
Remember: "What others do or say is their stuff; how we react.. or not, is our stuff!"
Phil Evans is a Motivator, Business Coach, Life Coach and Inspirational Writer based in Australia. You can visit his website at: www.peoplestuff.com.au and join his newsletter or feel free to email Phil with your comments on his story at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For me, I would say, "The Lord came to my rescue", but I fully embrace the "Just Do It" attitude. I have been helped many times, because someone else embraced it, also. And I like his quote most of all, "What others do or say is their stuff; how we react or not, or say and do, is our stuff."
I can't write another's script for them, but I can prevent them from writing mine. There must be a more positive way to say that... "I must be the change I want to see..." Without providing contrast, we will never make a difference.
Have a great day!