I’m almost done reading The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle, and this story strangely enough reminds me of how important living in the “now” really is. I know for a fact, when I’m driving, that I’m paying attention to myself, my occupants, and the road ahead of me. The good Samaritan in this story is also aware of the now, and how important it is to be immersed in the world around you, and not distracted by it. The Good Samaritan, known simply as that, a man from Dixon, Illinois is being hailed a hero after some incredible actions that he took that quite easily saved at least one man’s life.
As this gentleman (the good Samaritan) was driving down the road, he noticed another vehicle swerving into oncoming traffic, at what appeared to be a slow pace. Instead of making sure he and his property were out of the way and moving on, he realized something serious was going wrong. He humbly parked his truck in the middle of the road, in broad day light, with traffic around, and jumped in to the vehicle and was able to stop it; the driver was experiencing what appears to be a seizure.
It is really easy to see why he is being hailed a hero, but I encourage you to dive even deeper into how he was even aware of the moment itself. We are so consumed with ourselves and our own things to do, that when a problem arises, we often times defer, deflect or avoid. If we are aware and living in the now, acts of kindness and willingness to just do the right thing will come more naturally. I understand it is a stretch to tie in this awesome and cool story, with the powerful life-long lessons we can learn from The Power of Now, but the thought still remains: what will we miss out on or be prevented from, if we don’t utilize and live within the now.
Crazy enough, this was all caught on a police officer’s dash-cam, so you can watch it for yourself here.
Signed, Rick Jeffries