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Don't Just Walk By

The university I attended had many students about 35,000. One early afternoon I was walking around the campus and found a female student sitting on the walkway with tears on her face. Everyone just walked by her so I decided to stop. I dropped my books and sat down on the path with her. It turned out that she injured her ankle and was unable to walk to get help as a new student to America and the university. So I told her that I will sit with her until she was ready to get up. It only took a few minutes for her to calm down, I took her by the hand and we were able to get her to medical treatment. She thanked me so much for just stopping! We would run into each other occasionally on campus and she would smile and thank me again. I was amazed that just my sitting there, offering support and comfort to a total stranger, helping them walk to the nearest building would affect me and her. We both felt a bond of human compassion and the need to just assure someone that they are not alone in the world is a powerful experience.

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Really a wonderful short story....I liked last line the most "just assure someone that they are not alone in the world is a powerful experience". Sometimes we fell apart, life hits us very hard that too without any reason. At that time we always feel that we are alone in this world. But the gesture you showed reminds us that whether we know any one or not, We are not alone in this world. Some will definitely come and give you his helping hand. Wonderful experience :)
Krishna, Ernakulam

Your short story absolutelly touch my heart, sometimes I was like a person who did not care about other people's life. While your message by the short story really inspired me how important care about each other..... Thanks so much God Bless You
Tommy , kalamazoo

I absolutely loved your gesture. Most of us are so busy running around in our lives that we forget to stop by, breathe, notice and smile. Hope people read through and be inspired to at least stop by.. notice and offer help to someone who is in need around. Lovely gesture !!!
Reetika, Kolkata