Ten Seconds to Live

One…two…three…four…five…six…seven…eight…nine…ten. In the time it just took you to read that, Rob London could be dead. Ten seconds. Ten seconds to live. And counting.

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So, how does the story end? Does the hourglass run out? No. It is flipped over and the sand renews its path thanks to freshman at the time, Ryan Segar who came to London’s aid just in time to save his life.

Read the background story here:

http://articles.courant.com/2005-05-03/news/0505030480_1_health-class-arm-doctors

I chose to share this story today for a few reasons. The first is that Ryan is my brother and today, on his birthday, I wanted to express to him how proud I will always be of him for this. I also felt it appropriate to share an inspirational story which shows goodness in mankind in order to ease a bit of the pain that has come from today’s horrific events at the Boston Marathon. A friend of mine posted the below quote said by someone who was a role model to many of us throughout our childhoods, Mister Rogers:

helpers

One of the main reasons I started this blog was to bring to light the stories about the “helpers” in our world. Yes, it is true that a lot of scary and unnerving things go on around us. I used to be afraid of the news when I was a child as well. I didn’t even want to be in the same room when it was on the television. This is mostly because the media focuses more on the catastrophic events and less on the stories that show acts of courage, kindness, and charity. I guess, in a way, this is a good sign. They only have an hour to do the news and there is no possible way they’d be able to fit all the good that goes on each day into any one segment. So, although it may take a little more searching to find them, they’re there. All around us. Every second of every day. One…two…three…four…five…six…seven…eight…nine…ten. Ten seconds just passed. That’s enough time to hold open the door for a stranger. Or, put a smile on the face of a friend who is having a bad day. Or even, save a life. Don’t waste another second being afraid of the bad. Strength relies not in what you have, but what you can give. Give good seconds and the world will only grow to be a stronger place.

 

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Happy Birthday to a wonderful big brother and role model. I hope your story can bring others as much inspiration as it has to me. Thank you for being a “helper” and a reason to have faith in humanity.

 

My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the Boston Marathon explosions.

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