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The Best People

Diligent people, trustworthy human beings, usually don´t stop in the street to help someone who has fallen. Many consider it too dangerous. Many don´t care. What kind of city holds people with golden hearts who will help you out of nowhere?

A normal day falls into the category of disaster in four seconds when you slip in a street and fall down like a heavy package of flowers, falling apart, losing petals, scattered on the floor, bruising the beauty of each flower. Sometimes, depending on the physical state of the fallen person, the flowers are picked up easily to continue walking, smiling to the public and waving good bye, sometimes not. Exactly this happened to me Monday afternoon around two, when only my small fitness acquired through much work out helped me not to break some bones. The pain was surprisingly taking over my leg, and couldn´t touch my left ankle, not even gently, as I would scream with pain.

A very old car passed by. I thought to myself: “I wish it was a taxi…” and kept trying to reach a big stone, an unbelievably hard task. The old car stopped and put reverse, a chubby white haired nice man came down and said: “Madam, I saw you falling down, are you OK?”- Yes sir, I answered, it is only my ankle that got hurt and will not allow me to stand up. “Don´t you worry m´am, I have to pick up my mother and will be right back to take you to the hospital” – Thank you sir, I really appreciate your help, I said.

Almost no credit on my phone, the calls uncertain, needed help. A young woman in running clothes approached us, and gently offered herself to stay with me until the man could come back. I said I didn´t want to bother any of them, but she insisted. She helped me take off my shoe and my sock, to see the damage. A young man came out from the house and saw me, he went inside and came back with a tube of diclofenaco, which is a gel that football players use to soothe feet pain and acts as local anti inflammatory. He said to rub a lot of gel on the ankle until we got to the hospital. Then he left for work.

The white haired man came back and we all tried to make me stand up. Not possible. The ankle hurt too much. “We must put the bones in their place”, said the man while touching my foot. “It will hurt a bit, but otherwise we will not be able to go anywhere” he said. I looked him in the eye and handed my foot. Craaaack! And Awwww! There we go! With everything in place, we could finally reach the car seat. On the way to the hospital I called my husband again and reached him. He was faraway and it would take him nearly an hour to reach me.

The young lady, the white haired man, and the gel man, three good spirited people sent to be my guardian angels. Doctors in the emergency room gave me a shot with a pain killer, took some x rays that showed a fissure in the bone, that will need to be taken care of after the swelling yields.

What a wonderful world my Tarija. Only here you live around people who will care enough about people, to give them their time when it is needed. Only here people will stop to comfort you when you are in pain, they will offer you their helping hand. We may be one of the poorest countries in the world, but we rank in the top four in richness of the heart, the real wealth.

What are the traits of city in which it is nice to live in? Good access to schools, good jobs, good food, or maybe, good people that are willing to help you when you fall down? Well done Jackie. You chose the right city to live in. Tarija, has it all.

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Nusrat Ara's picture

You are lucky to have so many

You are lucky to have so many good people around you.You are blessed.

Love

Nusrat

jap21's picture

Yes dear

I am greatly blessed. I wish this good will could be packed and sent all over the world. We would live in a better world globally.

Hugs,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

I agree too. that some are lucky to be born with good people around her and I also believe that when you are good 'spirited', you tend to attract good spirit too! an African adage says, when you mees teh lane you will surely meet lots and lots of house flies when you are returning. Be good and automatically good people will be attractd to you.

Let us all be our brother's keepers too, that is why God haas created millions of people on this planet. If Adam could live alone God will need not create Eve. we need one another.
Love you lady as you continually sit to write beautiful piece from Bolivia

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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jap21's picture

Thanks dear Tosin

I know I am really lucky, and you are very kind to see my good heart. I know I am not very good, but I try hard for sure to be a good spirit in earth.

Thanks for the love and for dropping your comment. I also love your articles girl!

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

malayapinas's picture

Hi Jackie! Nice article to

Hi Jackie!

Nice article to read and relax. Yap! it's always a dream of everyone, especially the poor to have good people around who really cares. It's so nice that that you have already a reality of such dream . Yet, you continue to work for the world's realization of such dream for women and children. Keep up the high spirit!

love,
Malaya

jap21's picture

Thanks Malaya

You put my spirits high, every time I talk to you.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Jaqueline--
Thank-you for sharing! I hope your ankle is healing well! I know sometimes I stop to assist a stranger but often I don't and this is a wonderful reminder about how we are all neighbors and how small gestures of kindness are really huge! You have inspired me!

Phinnie

jap21's picture

Hi Phinnie

It is a great experience to receive love, that you honestly thought no one would give you, exactly when it is needed.

It humbles me.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Sagiia's picture

Dear Jackie, I agree with

Dear Jackie,

I agree with Olutosin. When we are in the practice of acting from a place of love and not from fear, others respond to us with kindness and goodness. We actually bring out the best in others. One of my earliest experiences with this was ten years ago when I was working as a census taker. I was stranded in one of the worst neighborhoods in Milwaukee, it literally looked like a war zone, with much poverty, gangs and bullet holes through many windows in the houses, and soon it would be dark. Still I believed in the goodness of the people that lived there, and so I was met with kindness, caring and hospitality. By the time help arrived to get my car running, I had made friends with several families on the block and had been having a lovely time. Another person who approached the residents there with fear, would probably have had a very different experience.

Another reason you felt so blessed from your experience, was because you noticed and were grateful for your blessings. I know people who if they experienced the exact same thing, would have focussed only on the negative aspects. People who would have been crabby and unappreciative with the people who were offering help. There are people who at the end of the day, would most remember and think about the pain, the inconvenience, the frustration of not being able to reach their husband, the embarrassment, and overlook the blessings of this mishap. Hooray for you that you were able to notice and appreciate the gifts given to you that day!

I believe that there are good people everywhere who are continually on the look out for ways to help others. Unfortunately, there are people out there also who seek to hurt others, and this I will never understand. This has been such a positive article, I do not want to end on this depressing note, but if I am honest, my heart is heavy and crying everyday for the thought of all the innocent people suffering in the wars that are occurring in so many places right now. I can only hope that amongst all the violence and suffering, there are guardian angels there also offering kindness and a helping hand.

Sending healing energy your way,
Love, Sagiia

jap21's picture

Hi Sagiia

I am blessed and humbled to have you as a friend. Thanks dear.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Sagiia's picture

Dear Jackie, I was

Dear Jackie,

I was contemplating your experience some more and some thoughts came to mind that I will share with you.

I always ask myself when injured or sick or facing any challenge in life, what it is that I can learn from this situation. It is interesting that your accident seems to be a mataphor. A sudden stumble, perhaps in a previously unnoticed hole, perhaps from being in a hurry or perhaps your mind was focused elsewhere, a fall from grace, pain, initially perhaps some embarrasment, inability to rise and stand again on your own, inability to reach out to those on whom you normally rely, much needed help and comfort provided by kind strangers and accepted by you. I am reminded of famous people who have self sabotaged and taken much bigger falls from grace. Again I notice how gracious you were in accepting help and how quick you were to take notice and appreciate the blessings this little accident brought into your life. This experience filled you with love and joy for the people of Tajira. As you continue to heal and recover from this stumble, are there more teachings or blessings it can offer to your life?

This is a very personal question and I do not expect you to answer. I only pose it to assist in your healing and so that you may receive all the blessings this experience has to offer you. I only even think of it as I contemplate the meaning and lessons of my own small accidents in life.

Blessings and Healing to you,
Love, Sagiia

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