When It Really Matters


Today’s Perfect Moment is the unselfishness of others.

As you might have read, the weather has been terrible.  There’s snow and ice everywhere.  The main streets are clear, but the side streets have not been plowed. Maybe the equipment is packed away for next winter, or maybe there is no budget.  I don’t know.

My commute was one of stark contrasts.  The first part when pretty smoothly and the bus itself was practically empty.  I guess people who live where I do decided not to work today.  The subway was a different matter.  Thanks to several delays, the train was rather crowded.

I spotted a woman a few feet from me in a bit of distress.  I am no doctor, so I don’t know what was wrong.  I know she couldn’t keep her eyes open and she didn’t respond to people’s questions.  Two women were helping her, but they seemed to be a loss for what to do.  Then, one of these women, decided to activate the emergency alarm.

The PA system announced the alarm and explained that we would hold at the next station while this emergency was dealt with.  Honestly, I expected everyone to groan and start complaining.  With the weather and the delays and the seemingly endless winter, who could blame them.  Instead, people looked on with concern and quickly directed some response personnel to the scene when we finally got to the station.  Everyone made room for the response team and no one shouted.

As for the response team, they dealt with the situation quickly and soon the subway started to move again.

Well done everyone.  Well done.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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4 Responses to When It Really Matters

  1. Angela says:

    moments like this make me feel happy, there is good in the world afterall

  2. Heide says:

    A neighbor of mine commented just the other day that trying times (and situations) often bring out the best in people. I’m glad that was the case here too, and hope that poor woman is OK.

  3. Hunida says:

    Hope the woman was alright!

    • Anthony says:

      I think she was probably okay. There were people and paramedics attending to her. Also, despite Toronto being a big city, if someone died on the transit system, it would make the news.

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