That the five bystanders all came together in a synchronous effort to save this man from imminent death was nothing less than a miracle. What they did with the experience was even more enlightening. For Carla Chelko it was a chance to redeem the horrific memory of her brother’s death a year earlier from a heart attack, after her efforts to save him failed. Plunkett went on to help Chelka’s son raise money for his missionary work in Africa. Following the publicity of the event, Dr. Davis received a stream of gratitude from people, something he rarely ever got in his medical specialty of anesthesiology. Dr. Winston, the resident, took the experience as confirmation that cardiology would be his life’s work. For Dr. Gott, the incident gave his life a sense of meaning and purpose. Wheeler, the paramedic, won a lifesaving award for her part in the drama. The memory of that day helps her ward off the tough-minded cynicism that comes with a daily stream of muggings, shootings, and child abuse she is witness to in the big city. “Something like this makes you a stronger person,” she said. “It’s made me think, ‘How can I be a more positive person?’ “
* The result of the coming together of these people in an act of moral beauty that transcended the moments and hours it took to save this man from certain death. The effect was like the wake of a boat as it moves across the stream You create a wake that moves outward, creating currents that impact the water and the creatures around you.
Consider this for a few minutes–that your simple act of kindness and compassion might not only affect another person deeply, but that the effect of that act may move outward to affect other people in indirect ways.