Motivation Monday: help thy neighbor

By Loralyn Mears PhD Loralyn Mears PhD has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on July 8, 2019

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Straight up, PROPS to ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY! The paramedics, the police, other first responders, the neighbors and everyone else there who jumped to my aid. It seemed as though at least half the county showed up to help me. Thank-you! xoxo

Next, a PSA (that’s a Public Service Announcement). WEAR YOUR BIKE HELMET! It saved my life today.

The joke’s on me…

So this minister, paramedic, funeral director, nurse, physiotherapist, policeman, marathon runner, and a few good Samaritans walk into a bar … no. Just kidding! But that is an accurate, albeit humorous description of the people who were there. Indeed, it was funny at the time. Call it nervous laughter.

Everyone dropped everything that they were doing to help me. A few of them had witnessed my no-doubt spectacular somersault over the handlebars of my speed bike. They may have even witnessed me being unceremoniously hurled into the pavement, back first. Or watched as my head hit next, splitting my helmet open. Epic wipeout, for sure. Contrary to what my sisters might say, I’m not a drama llama! I don’t like being the point of attention so being vulnerable, hurt and unable to do anything about it isn’t a comfy place for me.

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The marathon runner was first on the scene and very kind to stop her run. She was on leave from DC and was part of an organization who helped people in combat zones. Indeed, she was awesome! I felt bad about interrupting her run.

And then a lady from across the street ran over, plus a couple of people who likely owned the lawn that I had crawled onto.  People came out of their homes and brought water, tissues, gauze, and kindness. They dug the gravel out of my back and cleaned my wounds.

Cars stopped to make sure that I was okay. A minister, Father Hadid or Habib (I’m sorry, but I can’t recall) gave me a blessing for healing that brought me to tears. And the paramedics, Doug and maybe it was Janet? were on the scene doing what they do best.

By Loralyn Mears PhD Loralyn Mears PhD has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

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Dr. Loralyn Mears is a Columnist at Grit Daily and a podcast host (The Grit Files, which aims to shine the spotlight on female founders). She is a content marketer, founder of the WORKtech startup, STEERus, specializing in personal and professional development to address gaps in soft skills - communication in particular. In her consultancy practice, she helps clients with content and strategy. Loralyn spent over a decade playing with mosquito DNA, got her PhD, decided she would rather market science than be at the bench and has never looked back. Along the way, she’s wined and dined her way around the globe. She's authored two books, including the 2018 Gold Medal Indie Book award-winning, One Sip At a Time: a Memoir and the hard science thriller, "The Battle for Humanity: How Science Saved Us." 

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