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If you see something - do something!

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013 - 5:12 pm

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The way the young girl was standing, keeping her distance from the car window, seemed strange. I slowed down and paid attention. She was shaking her head and starting to walk away. The driver followed her and again engaged her in conversation. I pulled over to the side of the road just ahead of the car and watched how the girl slowly, almost gingerly, climbed into the car.

Was I watching an abduction in process? Or was I just crazy?

As soon as the girl was in the car, the driver took off – hung a quick u-turn and was gone. I tried to catch up and get the license plate number but was unable to.

What was that? Did I just see someone pick up their moody teenage daughter or did I just see a predator lure a victim into their car? I wasn’t sure, so I called 911.

I don’t know the end of the story but I never did hear of a teenage girl being abducted from the streets in Folsom, so I assume that I had just witnessed an innocuous occurrence.

Just the other day we heard the story of Charles Ramsey of Cleveland. The man is being hailed a hero because he saw something and took action.

Too often we second guess ourselves. We don’t take action when we see someone in distress – “Is it my business? I’m sure the police are on the way...other people will deal with it,” or “I’m making a mistake and unnecessarily mixing into other people’s business."

It’s true; often our help is not necessary. Often others can and are doing the work. But the chance that we may be able to help someone else should motivate us to mind other people’s business.

This is precisely is what motivated the Lubavitcher Rebbe (the spiritual leader of the Chabad movement) to inspire his followers to move out of their comfortable cocooned environment and out into the “big world”. It would have been easier for the Rebbe to “consolidate his base” and ignore the rest of the world. Instead, the Rebbe taught, “When you see something – do something!”

 

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