26.8.09

Facing drama head on

I like to think that I’m pretty calm in a crisis.


I can see members of my family sniggering in the back row right now. I admit, I’m a bit of a drama queen, but I like to imagine that however much I’m screaming with terror inside I can put a brave face on things and get on with it calmly and efficiently.



Being a part of the NightLight team has been great experience for me. We have had to deal with situations, both on the street and off, that I would never have imagined that I would even ever come across, let alone be coordinating.
Dealing with collapsed individuals, giving statements to the police and mopping up minor injuries is par for the course. You expect it because that is why we are there. In a way it’s easier to deal with in that context. We’re out there to do a job and you just work as a team and get on with it.


However, what I still haven’t got used to is that it’s hard for us to turn off from it all. I’ve noticed that off duty care professionals find it difficult not to think about people with a professional mindset and to a certain extent we feel the same way.


I know as Christians we should be looking out for people that need help all the time. I’m not saying that NightLight is the only way that I am willing to serve people and that any other time is my day off…it’s just that I’m more used to what to look out for now. We can now spot the drug users and the trouble makers. It’s easier to sense when people are just having fun and when things are going to kick off. We know the ‘regulars’ and see them around town all the time.


And that’s why when a drunk guy started a fight last Thursday in the early evening in the middle of town, Josh was the only one to step in. Stepping in to break up a fight is always a debatable move, but as the guy calmed down it turned out okay in the end.


But when the drunk man then jumped on top of a moving car and kicked in the windshield, still it was only Josh that actually did anything to help.


The lady in the car was really shaken up, but everything was sorted out and the police were really grateful to Josh for helping out. But why didn’t anyone else do anything?


I’m not suggesting that we should always wade into any situation that should be left for the police. I’ve had the training and I know that would do more harm than good. But since we’ve started NightLight Josh and I seem to have come in contact with more and more dramas that we’ve spotted just walking around town.


I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not that Aberystwyth has suddenly turned into a pit of debauchery, brawling and despair, but just that we didn’t actually have our eyes open before. Over the last year or so God has been opening our eyes and giving us bigger hearts to love and help people, and so now it’s much harder to walk on by on the other side of the road.



So, I’m challenging you today to walk around your neighbourhood with your eyes open. I’m not just talking about sorting out major emergencies; I’m talking about stopping to speak to the lonely old woman who live three doors up, or offering to do a bit of shopping for a sick neighbour.
Hey, if that’s too difficult why not just try giving a stranger in the street a huge smile.

They might think you’re a complete weirdo…or it might just be the only smile they receive that day.

3 comments:

  1. It's true---why should it be hard to do the right thing? Thanks for the post!

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  2. Love the post!! you are so right!!
    It's not so difficult to help other people!

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  3. I cheered at this bit *****I’m talking about stopping to speak to the lonely old woman who live three doors up, or offering to do a bit of shopping for a sick neighbour.
    Hey, if that’s too difficult why not just try giving a stranger in the street a huge smile.

    They might think you’re a complete weirdo…or it might just be the only smile they receive that day.****

    when the smalls were born & I was out all the time walking miles with them in the buggly,I discovered a whole new life! there are so many people *out there*.When I was working & hurrying to the bus I never saw them?too wrapped up in myself,yet with the slower pace that motherhood brought to me,it blessed me with new eyes.
    Some people would nervously grin back & walk past fast lol when I wlked towards them saying hullo,lovely morning isnt it! but soon I began to meet regular people in the same places,roads,they would look out for me & I for them. I always thought that maybe for some of them I would be the only person that they talked to that day so that spurred me to chat about allsorts of things & drop the hey I dont know you worry.

    GTM x x x
    ps my blog is staying open at the moment until I have time to either move it to wordpress or set up a duplicate,argg both thoughts which fill me with fear unless I lose it all!!!

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