Last night I went to get a hair cut from Melinda at her salon. Afterwards we went to Quakertown Family Restaurant to chat and share a dessert. Melinda just came back from Texas. She shared a story with me that I just needed to share. I am so lucky to have a person like her in my life.
One one of Melinda's joining flights, a girl got on the plane who was in tears. Actually Melinda said this girl was sobbing. She was alone, and struggling with her bags since there was no room left for hers. So, Melinda told her to sit down and she would get her bags. This girl ended up sitting behind Melinda. Melinda said it was breaking her heart to see this girl so upset. Something was egging her to do something about this. First Melinda started saying a prayer for this girl. She then took a piece of paper and wrote on it something to the effect of " I didn't know what to for you, so I wanted you to know that I said a prayer for you." Alyssa handed it back to her. After reading this note, the girl started crying harder. Melinda was thinking, "I didn't mean to make her cry more!" When Melinda received a note in return it stated that she was told that she had to get on this plane when she was supposed to be getting on a different plane that was to leave an hour later. She said that she was unable to say good-bye to her family who was still parking the car. And, her boyfriend who has Spinal Bifida had an attack on the way to the airport. She was worried about her boyfriend, upset that she was unable to say good-bye as well as her family not knowing that she was on this plane. She then wrote that there had to be a reason she was forced onto this plane and that she was so thankful for Melinda being her flight angel.
When Melinda got off the plane, she waited for the girl. Melinda hugged her and told her that she hopes everything works out for her. Here is another story of someone getting that nagging feeling of helping out a complete stranger. It is sort of like my story about the inmate a few blogs back. I told Melinda that it is awesome that her and I get that feeling of knowing we are meant to help a person in need. There are people out there that probably get these feelings and just ignore them. I feel that even if you do not know what to do at the moment that a feeling comes about, wait a bit and it will come to you. It will be like a huge realization on what you need to do. Once you figure it out and do it, you get this amazing feeling of satisfaction and peace. It is painful to see people hurting and feeling helpless. And, there is no way that we can help everyone besides saying a prayer for them. I think we should all try to be more aware of situations like mine and Melinda's. The world would be a happier place if we all just gave a little more...even to a complete stranger. Today I am thankful for:
my classes tonight
the urge to help others