Finding A Way To Help

A funny story going around concerns itself with two hunters who were out in the woods when one of them collapsed. He didn't seem to be breathing and his eyes were glazed. The other pulled out his phone and called emergency services.

He gasped to the operator: "My friend is dead! What can I do?"

The operator in a calm, soothing voices replied: "Take it easy. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead."

There was a silence, then a shot was heard.

Back on the phone, the hunter said, "Ok, now what?"

With friends like that ...

On the other hand, have you ever wanted to help but didn't know what to do?

A friend once told me a beautiful story of how ordinary people found a simple way to help. He was enjoying the scenic view atop Casper Mountain, a favorite spot for visitors to Casper, Wyoming (USA). Even in the summer it is cool on top of the mountain, and on this day he noticed a young woman who apparently had no coat. She shivered as she wrapped her arms around herself.

Then he saw an older man approach the young woman, take off his sweater and place it on her shoulders. The man said, "Here, keep the sweater. The view is even better when you're warm." She smiled her thanks and wrapped the warm garment around her arms as he drove away.

Before the woman left, she spotted a middle-aged woman who was obviously cold and handed her the sweater. "Keep it," she said. "The view is even better when you're warm."

Intrigued, my friend kept his eyes on the sweater. He noticed that before the current owner of the sweater left, she approached a shivering man, gave it to him and said, "Here...keep the sweater. The view is even better when you're warm."

"That happened a couple of years ago," my friend said. "And as far as I know, that sweater is still on top of Casper Mountain, going from one person to another."

Ordinary people ... finding a way to help. Sally Koch said, "Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily." Or like somebody else likes to say: "Nobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody!"

~ Steve Goodier ~

[ by: Steve Goodier Copyright © 2007 ( -- {used with permission} ]

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