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Today, WeGo Health asked that each Health Activist Writer post about the "Good Samaritan" and "random acts of kindness." We've all heard stories in the news of ordinary people acting heroically in difficult or dangerous circumstances to help a stranger in need. We have each benefitted from the kindness of a stranger at some point, and I'm willing to bet that each of you has extended a helping hand to another, someone stuck in the middle of life's harsh realities.

Instead of writing about my personal experiences being both the giver and/or on the receiving end of a good deed, I thought I would share the story of "The Good Samaritan." We use this phrase colloquially today to describe someone who does a good deed.

A modern day Good Samaritan?

The Merriam-Webster definition of "Good Samaritan" is:

"a person who helps other people and especially strangers when they have trouble."

While this definition is factual; it doesn't tell the whole story. We've dulled the original meaning of the phrase, which actually comes from Luke, Chapter 10.

The Original Good Samaritan was not motivated by the notion of a simple "random act of kindness." He was motivated by love of his neighbor, in the way that Jesus teaches us to "love our neighbors as ourselves." In honor of Easter and the original Good Samaritan, I am posting the full parable.

Do you just walk by? Or do you stop to help... even just a little?
Do you just walk by? Or do you stop to help... even just a little?

In the parable, Jesus contrasts mere "religion" against the actions of a true love for one's neighbor by highlighting the failure of a priest and of a religious Levite to stop and render aid to a man. Also, as you read, keep in mind that in Biblical times, a Samaritan was a racial minority despised in Israel. The Good Samaritan could have been punished for stopping to help.

The Good Samaritan
The Good Samaritan

Stopping to render aid to the sick and suffering, even despite possible negative repercussions, is an important responsibility for a health care activist, and this story is a great reminder of that.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:33-37)

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.

35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

What would you do? After all, you didn't cause the harm. Or does that even matter? Suffering is suffering no matter what, right? Do you like to think of yourself as someone who would stop to help or ARE YOU SOMEONE who would definitely "get involved" and render aid?



The Mesh Warrior



The key to happiness?

The key to happiness?

What do you think is the key to happiness? Is it being able to overcome difficult times? Is it a life filled with laughter? Maintaining a positive attitude for better or for worse? Having plenty of money or a big house and a fancy car?

To me, happiness is always a snapshot in time. When I think of “happiness,” photo moments run through my mind’s eye. I see my husband and I smiling into a camera on my 39th birthday. I remember wearing (ahem, fitting into) a beautiful gold dress my mother gave me. My hair was perfectly coiffed in an updo with a few softly curled whispies framing my face in that whimsical and romantic “good hair day” way I always wish for but seldom get.


Brooklyn New Yorkie (The Designer “Porkie”)

Another snapshot rolls through my mind as I think of the car ride home with my abandoned companion, a Yorkie, left by the roadside, tossed and found; then lost and found, this time by me. I smile as my mind flashes back to the drive home with my new “designer,” “purse dog;” this silly creature who gets car sick and is more of a “tote dog” at 15 pounds or a “Porkie,” an even rarer “off brand” breed. :)

I don’t have to dig too deep to find many more snapshots – looking into my husband’s eyes, wet with tears, upon seeing our baby’s heart beat; my Dad’s smile and his signature, infectious laugh when he thinks something is really funny; holding my niece and singing with her; watching my nephew, intent upon building his Batman lego Bat Cave all in one day; having coffee with my husband and watching in complete awe as a stampede of mustangs ushers in our morning; singing in the car with my mom as we drive across the dessert landscapes of New Mexico. These memories are all snapshots – moments of happiness, seemingly suspended in time.

My husband and me and a good hair day. :)

My husband and me and a good hair day. :)

But as I write, it occurs to me: in the time it’s taken me to search the recesses of my brain for these memories, I have been experiencing joy. This feeling I call joy isn’t quite as evasive, as happiness, not quite as deliberate either. I planned for most of those “happy” moments. In fact, in some cases, lots of effort, money and fear of failure has been the foundation of these moments. But this joy I feel; it is unplanned, always accessible. It occurs to me as I write that I can make joy. I can manufacture it on demand, not like happiness which seems a careful recipe of luck, blessing, and being in the right place at the right time with the right people and the right things. In this way, happiness seems too precarious, too unpredictable. But joy, joy can be summoned. And if we are the sum of our life’s memories, then we can also be the creators of our life’s joy.

To me, happiness is an elusive and fleeting feeling, even though it’s exquisite and intense. Joy is a state of being. I believe I can manifest joy in my life by simply meditating on all the snapshots of happiness I have been given so far in this life. In fact, I don’t know any other way to be happy than that.

What do you think the “key to happiness” is? Maybe it’s different for everyone; in fact, it most likely is.

It makes me happy to think there are a million different roads leading to Happyville. So I’ll relish in that until joy springs in me. #

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If you are a family member of someone who is mesh injured, this Christmas season, there are some wonderful gifts you can give that don't cost a dime:


- BELIEVE THEM and BELIEVE in THEM. Show them that you believe the immense and relentless pain, fear, sadness and sense of loss they live with every day.

- REMIND THEM OFTEN THAT YOU BELIEVE THEM; YOU LOVE THEM; and YOU ARE THERE to hold their hand in silence and just BE.

- GRIEVE WITH THEM by listening instead of speaking.

- RESIST the urge to say something "profound" about life, injury, enduring pain, etc.

- Just BE THERE, silently supporting them with your presence.

- BE AWARE OF HOW INSINCERE IT CAN SOUND to an injured person when we use common phrases that are often said when we need to make ourselves feel better about being a 'good friend,' or a 'wise person.' Phrases like "Everything will be ok." or "God has a plan for you;" or "You SHOULD go for a walk or you SHOULD get some sun, etc. Although, possibly true, these generic statements INVALIDATE your injured loved one further and introduce a sense of "failure" where there should be none. You don't know that everything will be ok, so don't say it.

- BE WILLING TO ENTER THEIR WORLD sometimes, instead of expecting your injured loved one to be able to participate in YOUR WORLD as he or she once did. Because this injury often causes a profound sense of aloneness, loneliness and the fear that no one will ever understand


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