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Finding Joys in Helping Others in Need

Helping someone in need!  Translated…

Early in the morn, I’d rushed off with my daughter to work, as we alighted the buss, we saw a bunch of ladies, looking over an elderly man, the elderly man’s socks were, soaked in blood, and, the tissue that covered the wound in the tibia, seemed to continue to bleed.

Thankfully, two more stations more, there’s the VMH in Shihpai, as he got off the bus, I saw him, sat waiting with hardship at the bus stop, the blood still, flowed out, he seemed to be calling someone for assistance; and I’d not cared that it was time for me to get to work then, I’d, gone up to him, told him I worked in the hospital, and had him call his families to meet him in the E.R., while I’d gone to the hospital, to get a wheelchair to get him in.  Then came, the running fast, pushing the wheelchair in supersonic speed, to the E.R., to when his loved one rushed in, the man was taken into the surgical ward to get sutured up, and that was when that huge rock finally got dropped inside my heart.  Later, I’d learned from his family, that the elder had cancer, and he was on anticoagulants regularly, had his hospitalization been delayed, the results would be, dire.

查看來源圖片the random act of kindness from a stranger here!  Photo from online

I’d recalled how as I rushed the elderly man into the E.R., he kept telling me thank you, said that he’d met someone amazing who’d, helped him out.  I’d told him, he was my parents’ age, that if something like this were to happen to them, I’d wanted someone to lend them a helping hand too, and, this hour-long interlude, although it was, thrilling, but, in the end, it all, ended, well, other than knowing the meaning of helping other is bliss, I’m, also proud for being, that tiny screw inside that giant white tower!

And so, because your empathy kicked in, seeing the elderly man injured because you’d wanted someone to help your own elderly parents, and because it’s in your line of work, to offer assistance to people, being a medical care worker, and you’d, ended up, helping this elderly man get to the hospital on time, and saved his life.

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Rescue that Came on Time


Going to school in Kaohsiung, a motorcycle IS a necessity, this, was from the experienced I’d gained, over the four years.  Once, I’d driven a friend to take the high speed trains, and on my way home, my gas meter stopped working, and when I’d realized that I was out of gas, it was, already too late.  In the midnight hours, I’d taken my motorcycle, walked along southward, feeling sorrow for myself.

Then, a car pulled up, “Hey bud, what can I help you with?”, it was, a woman in her forties.  “Oh, your motorcycle broke down.  Just park it by the side of the road, and get into my car.”

The woman bought a bottle of water, told me to drink it up, then, used the empty bottle, took it to a gas station, and, filled it up, she’d even paid for the gas.  “It’s no big deal, the cost is equivalent to a can of beer anyway.”  She’d patted me on the shoulders, as she’d told me.

“Where are you from?”, she’d asked.  “I’m from Taipei.”  “I’m from Pingdong.  People who live away from their home should look out for one another.  You can go to that super convenience shop outside of your school, I’ll treat you to a cup of coffee, that, is where I work, I’m taking the night shifts there.”, then, she’d rode off on her motorcycle as she waved goodbye to me.

Turns out, the stories in the textbooks, about how people help each other out is for real, and I was lucky enough, to encounter it that day.  After we’d left the books, as well as the schools, who, will remember all of that?   I’d made up my mind, to offer a helping hand, to those in need too.  With this warmth in my chest, I’d ridden my motorcycle, back to my dormitory.

And so, this, is how kindness gets passed along, you offered a helping hand to someone, and, the person you’d helped felt grateful, and, becomes more than likely to offer a helping hand to someone else, and that, is how the cycle of kindness will keep on rolling!

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A Woman from Japan Tramped the Streets of Taipei as Her Daughter Hadn’t Come to Pick Her Up


Abandonment of the elderly, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

A Korean-Japanese sixty-eight year old woman, came to Taiwan alone to visit a friend, she’d lost eighty thousand Japanese Yen that she had, and, her two credit cards, for some unknown reasons, wouldn’t work; she’d tramped the streets of Taipei for an night, the patrol officers gave her eight thousand dollars from his own pocket, to put her into a hotel, but, she’d waited for half a month, and her daughter still hadn’t shown up to meet with her, in the end, the police gave her a lift to the Korean Consulate, and, the visa had expired, and her daughter still didn’t show up, and so, she would be deported.

Lee, the elderly woman can only speak Japanese, and, with the help of a translator, she’d told the police, that her daughter was originally meeting up with her, to find someone they’d met back in the U.S. in Taiwan, her daughter asked her to come to Taiwan first, and that she will come later, but the daughter kept delaying and delaying, she didn’t know what to do either.  The police suspected that she was “ditched”, but, during this time, her daughter had called her to see how she was through the phone lines in the hotel she was staying at.

Last month on the 17th, Lee came to Taiwan, as she was about to check into a certain hotel in Chongshan District, she’d found, that her cash is gone, and the two credit cards her daughter gave her had also been declined, the hotel refused to let her stay there; she didn’t have much left from the $2,000N.T. exchange she’d made at the airports, she took to the streets, and the very next day, she was found, by the area’s residents, to be crying, the residents called the police to help her out.

The patrol officer, Chang saw, that she’s about to be sent to the streets, he’d put up $8,000N.T. from his own pockets, to get her into another hotel, and the daughter promised to pick up her mother two days later; and, Chang, the officer had made visits to the woman daily, because she didn’t have any money, she didn’t dare go out, and had stayed in the hotels every day, and lived off of the free meals provided by the hotel.

Lee checked into the hotel on the eighteenth of July, and, waited there for two weeks for her daughter, and the daughter still didn’t show, and the $8,000N.T. had already been spent, the hotel allowed her to stay until the 31st, but, because they couldn’t handle the losses, they’d asked the police officers to take her.

And so, clearly, this woman WAS abandoned by her daughter, for whatever reason, and, the police helped her, managed to find her a place to stay, out of their own pockets, and that, is a kind of kindness that doesn’t happen every day.  As for why her daughter had abandoned her?  It didn’t say, so, I wouldn’t know!


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