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While Some Step up, Others Stumble

Updated on September 4, 2019
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Ignore the in-my-face obvious issues and lend all of my attention to unwarranted, groundless non-issues? Not happening!

Good Samaritans (the good) natural disasters (the bad) and...the plain old (ugly)

I’ve noticed it more and more lately, whether it’s a positive message, a call for doing the right thing, a shared post on Facebook about a good Samaritan in someone’s life...

When the logical response should be positive in nature, instead...the response is a laughing emoji or an angry face. Sometimes paired with, a derogatory comment, done for nothing more than meanness sake; to get a reaction, a rise, whatever their true motive, I couldn’t say...

You tell me.

Not long ago, I shared the story of a baby that survived an abortion and is thriving today and a young lady responded with an angry emoji. Explain that to me, I cannot!


With a hurricane approaching, I was watching the coverage and caught an interview with a good Samaritan, one of those individuals that can make a difference, has the means to do so and so, he does!

He and many others just like him, head toward the unknown, the danger zone, boats in tow, sufficiently supplied and ready to help those in need.

They aren’t looking for anything in return, it’s just their nature to go and to help where they can!

Maybe, somewhere, in the back of their minds, they believe that in their time of need, someone would do the same for them, but that is not what drives them.

It’s innate, a natural reaction, something within which leads them, to be there for others, especially in their time of need.

You could say...that they are triggered, to do the right thing!

No one could find fault in that, correct?


They do, they have, they will. I’ve seen it.

Doing a job, filling a need

We have been anticipating this latest named storm, Dorian, since last week.

We were in limbo for a while, for we had made plans. The decision was made to go forward with those plans, while continuing to monitor closely and heed all warnings.

As a Floridian, I never want to become complacent, as these tropical storms and hurricanes come and go, sometimes doing great damage, other times, just interfering with plans, but always requiring our undivided attention.

The Bahamas were hit very hard, while we were spared.

Dorian is on a northward trek and isn’t done quite yet.

I am so appreciative of the caravans of linemen, the National Guard and the many good Samaritans with boats and supplies that immediately headed south, prepared for whatever they might encounter.

The National Guard has a job to do, the linemen have their job to do and we appreciate all of them, each and every time they caravan our way.

Also, immensely appreciative of the good Samaritans, those that take time away from their lives, their jobs, their businesses, because they know they can help, should the need arise.

Florida didn't need them this time, so now, they will turn around and go to the place which does, to the people who do!

For help or to contribute to Disaster Relief

Convoy of Hope -

Samaratin’s Purse -

The Cajun Navy -

Rushing in

You’d think, no one would find fault with good deed doers.

One might surmise that it would be difficult to make it racial, self-gratifying, political or something other than... just helping your fellow man.

Again, you’d be wrong!

There are those believing, that every single act of an individual is done to the benefit of that individual.

Is it because that’s how they are, how they are programmed?

Is this how they’ve been taught to be, decency doesn’t enter in?

In their world, in their way of thinking, every move made is in their best interest, every act is all about them; what’s in it for them, what will they get out of it, how might going out of their way a little, benefit them?

They cannot comprehend...a simple good deed or fathom a good deed doer.

I can think of no other reason, when I read negative and ugly comments or jokes about the Cajun Navy or random good samaritans rushing in to help, while they, the insulters, go into hiding or into the safety of their basement to see who they can belittle or insult today...with their words and/or actions.

There will be personal insults, hurtful jabs and tacky jokes, criticism of southern culture and customs, etc.

Even the President gets brought into it and is insulted...yet again, because he dares to give credit where credit is due.

Makes no difference to the fault finders!

Is this where we are headed, here in the United States, forget the Golden Rule, forget and forsake your fellow man, because he or she may be of a different political persuasion or there may be cultural differences, but mainly because, there’s nothing in it for you?

I can only speculate and sadly, my speculation is turning up unpleasant things.

~ I am praying for those in the Bahamas, devastated by Dorian and for all remaining in the path ~

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 A B Williams


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    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      23 months ago from Central Florida

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      23 months ago from Central Florida

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      A B Williams 

      23 months ago from Central Florida

      Agreed Paula, hating never did anyone any good. I'm sure of it.

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      23 months ago from Carson City

      Angie...Ditto to boggles the mind to imagine investing all that time and energy into one, nasty, futile activity...such as hating. HATING anyone is a total waste. It does nothing but make the hater sick and quite unlikable.

      In the cause to keep this clean.....let me just say that instead of listening to the horrendous media lies and attempts to brainwash....I go for a walk to the park and feed the birds. Rather than argue with anyone about politics...I take a friend to lunch. I work at the city mission one day a month, teach as a literacy volunteer, twice a with kittens and puppies at the animal shelter, whenever I need the giggles.....and if we learn to replace the bad with something just always seems to make life better. If enough people get BETTER, maybe one day it will be the majority of the world? It's worth a try. Never give up.

      (I had to FORCE myself to give up hating Hillary...damn! and I did it so well. but enough is enough...she's not worth my valuable, precious time!)

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      Eric Dierker 

      23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A wise man in what we called a Navajo "Sweat Lodge". Told me never do something for another. Do it for yourself. And love will leave you and go into them. What an idea. We stand up for ourselves and the light will leave us into them.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      23 months ago from Central Florida

      Eric, happiness is found in doing for I guess there is "something in it for them" after all.

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      Eric Dierker 

      23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I have had the right/ nay privilege to be in Hanoi and Seoul during rain brought suffering. The Govs downplayed the deaths and disasters. I got their point.

      Watching a 3 year old wash down a street is horrific. Diving in is the glory of God in all it's wonderment.

      I believe there is no better goodness in our heart than helping.

      I think our tax dollars are heading responders out there. They will do their job.

      Sometimes even being a Californian leaves you proud.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      23 months ago from Central Florida

      Hi Pop, it is beyond pathetic when the ugliness shines through in comments about a group of people going out of their way to help others, I am shocked over some of the comments I've read. Also, I think we know by now, they'll put down our President at every opportunity, if there isn't one, they'll make something up and make it stick...the media will see to that. I don't know how some people sleep at night.

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      23 months ago

      The media has everything invested in ugly. They are so focused on hating Trump that the rest of what is actually occurring goes unnoticed. Yes, there are decent people in the world, but the bad guys are out there as well. Our culture has changed. The ugly has been let out of the closet.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      23 months ago from Central Florida

      Hi Vivian, I completely agree and it is high time we start calling out the media, the pathetic so-called Governors, those who continually rundown their State, constantly embracing un-American things, the 'voices' of social media with their non-ending put-downs and criticism of all that is good and all that is right.

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      A B Williams 

      23 months ago from Central Florida

      Hi RT, thanks for mentioning the Red Cross, yes, they are always there when disaster strikes.

      I've thought the same thing about government officials in the Bahamas, hopefully they'll not be as inept and incompetent as Puerto Rico officials were with the relief provided after Maria or as greedy as other governments have been in the past. My heart goes out to the Bahamian people!!

      After I wrote this, I saw an article about Gavin Newsome, Governor of California. He has signed a bill allowing citizens 18 and older TO REFUSE to help a police officer in need.(I guess they'll be free to videotape and post police officers in a struggle for their lives... all day long, but that's just crazy!!!)

      The following is what I wrote in response to the article:

      Sounds about right. Why would we ever expect the dumbed down, self-absorbed, misinformed, lacking character, clueless, totally dependent on their government, products of Democrats and the be expected to help anyone other than themselves? Duh!!!

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      Vivian Coblentz 

      23 months ago

      Again--let's go back to the media. There are far more people out in the world doing good who should be publicly lauded for their efforts, but the mainstream media chooses to report only negativity. I'd much rather hear about heart-warming stories, but that would go against their radical agenda--we can't think our country is good! All propaganda has to paint an ugly picture of America and its people. Your article spreads a much-needed message that the heart of America is still good despite the loud rantings of a few nut jobs who capture all the air time.

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      23 months ago

      Thanks much for opening up a discussion on this topic. I agree that there are more good-hearted people than the dismal do-nothing whining fault-finders. You may be on track about those who complain, how in their world nothing is ever done that is not self-serving so they cannot imagine others having a heart for helping when a disaster hits.

      Thank you for mentioning that where one is spared they are given opportunity to help where the hurricane did hit hard. Would like to mention the Red Cross because they are very efficient at using donated funds. The Bahamas will receive help from the International Red Cross and if needed the American Red Cross will add to the help.

      It is difficult to see how a natural disaster affects people but if everyone helps in some way we can bring some relief to those suffering. I hope local government in the Bahamas will do right with the funds they are given, unlike the corrupt governments that have been given so much yet used it for their own high living rather than helping the people.

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      A B Williams 

      23 months ago from Central Florida

      I've no doubt, there are more good-hearted people, making a difference, having their brother's back, than clueless, pathetic slackers's just that one is too many and their numbers seem to be growing.

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      Shannon Henry 

      23 months ago from Texas

      There's always something to criticize even in a disaster, but it's best to look for the positive. I remember living near the gulf and going home after hurricane aftermath. It's amazing the way volunteers responded to provide food in the form of government army meals. Not the tastiest of meals, but they don't require anything but water, which was also provided for people who needed it. Power wasn't necessary to have food. And then there are all of the power companies that send workers to areas that are hit or expected to be hit so that they can get power back on as quickly as possible. And I hear often about how the government is either slow pay or no pay. So you're right that these people do it for the sake of their good hearts.


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