An emotional daughter expresses her gratitude to the man who helped her reach her father in time to say final goodbyes.
There is nothing worse than not being able to say the last goodbye. No matter how prepared individuals might be, the death of a close one will always come with a huge emotional impact. One of the things that goes a long way in mitigating this impact is if people have communicated everything they wanted to with their loved ones. A proper goodbye goes a long way toward being able to move on without regrets. Farah was about to have the worst experience of her life by not being able to say goodbye to her beloved father in West Middlesex Hospital when a stranger extended a hand of help to save her, per My London. She shared her gratitude to the stranger on the letters page of the Metro.
Farah's father was admitted to the hospital for an ailment. She had seemingly been informed that he might not have a long time and therefore she needed to be in the facility to say goodbye. The daughter rushed there as soon as possible in her car, but unfortunately, she did not have enough money for parking. In West Middlesex Hospital, every visitor has to pay a certain amount to park their vehicles. Probably, since she was in a rush, she did not take the exact amount with her and found herself 20p short.
While she was panicking, a stranger came into the picture and offered to pay the short. Farah felt immense gratitude for the man. She wrote, "Thanks to you, I was able to see my father alive for the last time." After rushing into the hospital, her father soon took his last breath in the afternoon. Though sad, Farah was satisfied that she was able to spend some time with him and say goodbye to her father. She was not able to meet the stranger again and wanted to extend her gratitude to the good Samaritan. Hence, she took the help of the letters page of the Metro to communicate her message all across London, in hopes that the man would understand how his small gesture made a huge impact in her life.
Small acts of kindness oftentimes get ignored, especially in today's world. Individuals are more self-centered now with all the pressures that they have to deal with in the competitive setup. The Good Samaritan Experiment showed how 90% of people when stressed with personal obligations will not stop to help others, per Academy4sc. People believe that their world will be all right if they are good. This situation shows how this perspective is wrong and one's world must involve other people in it. The man by sparing some of his time completely changed the woman's life and saved her from regret. Her gratitude led her to write a letter implying a bond. Such relationships are what make a wholesome life as proven by a study from the Harvard Study of Adult Development.
Wow. Small acts can go a long way... https://t.co/ubnelH82da— West Middlesex University Hospital (@WestMidHospital) August 10, 2015
People question the impact of these small acts especially in a world that is rife with far-reaching global problems. Jourdan—who goes by @xojourdanlouise on TikTok—is also making an impact on these global problems with her seemingly small act of kindness. She has created a filter to help people in Gaza. The funds generated with the use of the filter will go toward the people struggling in the conflict. Though the collected money might not end the struggle for the people out there, it will definitely help them. All because Jourdan did not just sit on it, and actually did something with the resources available to her. Similarly, in this case, the man did not just look at Farah from the sidelines, empathizing with her. He went to her and actually took her out of the situation.