Sunday, 03 April 2016 11:16

People are innately good – and some things do actually work

Somethings actually do work Somethings actually do work

This past week I was involved in an interesting rescue case — helping someone to get out of the country rather than visit it. I had been contacted by an embassy to see if I’d be available to help a citizen who was somehow stranded in Cyprus. After some initial hesitation, I decided that this was not the time to be judgemental. There never is a time for it, but I did at first catch myself thinking ‘Why me?’ ‘How on earth does one get stranded?’

Without disclosing too many details, I can report that it is a rewarding experience to know you were able to make a difference in someone’s life. This person, through unknown but most likely unfortunate circumstances, ended up with literally nothing left but a suitcase and a passport. I also found it healthy to inspect the prejudices we may have planted somewhere deep in our subconscious and to wonder, ‘What if I were in this unfortunate situation?’

Most importantly, I found it inspiring to discover that, despite regular frustrations with certain institutions on this island not functioning properly, the ones involved in this case actually did. And as with most positive experiences in life, it was all imbued with a good dose of simple, human kindness, which I like to believe is innate in all of us.

I found affordable and safe accommodation for the ‘stranded citizen’ at an accommodation house called Lima Sol and was so touched by the young guys running the place – kind, authentic, caring and responsible. The type of people you’d hope to encounter if ever you had any kind of trouble.

Together with the concerned person’s family, we got a flight booked and I arranged airport transfer. Despite all this, the person in question left the accommodation before her planned departure and I had to report her as missing. I found the officer at the police station I was dealing with very professional and helpful.

When the search was not successful, all I could do was to call the airport on the evening of the planned departure, hoping that by some miracle the lost person had made it to her flight, so I could assure the worried family back home.

There, too, I found the airport personnel and the security officers most professional and helpful. Not that one should have to doubt that in the first place, but it is nice to experience firsthand that, yes, when push comes to shove, people do rise to the occasion.

Article as published in The Cyprus Weekly of April 1, 2016 

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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