Strangers come together to save a family from tragedy
Our Beloved Family:
It’s been said that there is no such thing as luck, but rather good fortune is the result of preparation meeting opportunity. If you’re prepared, you’ll be ready to take advantage when an opportunity presents itself to create something good. Extending our love to others through acts of kindness, especially to strangers, doesn’t always come easy. It takes practice and preparation. While it may feel scary and even awkward at first, the more we open ourselves up and share our love with others, the more natural it becomes. Soon, extending our love feels completely effortless as a way of being, so we don’t have to consciously look for those opportunities to help others anymore. When these moments pop up in our lives, we’re fully prepared to jump right in and help because it’s like a reflex; the ability to extend our love has become second nature. Performing acts of love are no longer isolated incidents that punctuate our lives but instead, become a way of living. Recently, the preparedness to love by a group of beach-goers’ met an opportunity to save the lives of nine people in a very dramatic way.
When Roberta Ursery saw her two sons struggling in the water off Panama City Beach, she and two other family members swam out to help. By the time Roberta realized her sons were caught in a riptide, she too was trapped in the same massive current and was also being carried out to sea. After an unsuccessful attempt was made by several bystanders to rescue Roberta and her family, a total of nine people had become trapped in the shifting tide.
“there is no such thing as luck, but rather good fortune is the result of preparation meeting opportunity.”
While law enforcement was waiting on a boat to arrive, a large group of beach-goers came together and decided there was no time to waste. The family would be swept away if immediate action wasn’t taken. Knowing it was futile to swim out to the struggling family and with no rescue boat, more than 100 people came together to form a human chain, locking hands and extending themselves from the beach out to the family. Once they made contact, the entire chain reversed motion and pulled the terrified family back to safety. That’s the kind of love that happens when preparation meets opportunity.
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