How to Save a Life

Our dear friend, Maia, shows us how gratitude flows both ways:

About a year ago, I had the unique opportunity to help save a life. A young person was unconscious in a lake in the middle of winter. Instinctively, I took off my boots and coat and jumped in to pull them back to shore. With the help of my co-workers and police officers, we were able to resuscitate them and after a few days, they walked out of the hospital with no lingering deficits.

As a firefighter, I am proud of this moment. I was grateful that I was able to fall back on my training and take action in that intense situation. We practice for these things, but we never know how we’ll respond until the moment.

After a week went by, my patient’s family asked if we could meet. They offered me a beautiful floral arrangement and a thank you card. We hugged and cried, and I knew that I would forever have a bond with them. I was so thankful for the opportunity to meet my patient and see them healthy.

Last week, I came across that card with the flowers dried inside, and the memories of that day flooded back. I was so fortunate to have the chance to meet a person with whom I will always have an indescribably special bond and to solidify our mutual gratitude. No matter how my day is going, this card instantly reminds me to be thankful for every precious moment I have. I don’t know who helped whom more.