To Save A Life

Leo Frigo Bridge

Leo Frigo Bridge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was glued to the television yesterday while I watched an unbelievable live footage of a woman called Tina Zahn who was in the throes of committing suicide  due to post natal depression.

She had sped to the top of Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge in Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States, got out of her car then walked briskly to the edge of the bridge and jumped.

I couldn’t tear myself away while I watched opened mouth as the implausible footage was shown and miraculously, this woman was saved by a brave state trooper, Les Boldt and his colleagues.

As a mother, I know the stress involved in taking care of children especially if one is a working mother, I am not an expert on post natal depression but I do know it’s a feeling of utter hopelessness compounded by being responsible for a baby who is wholly and completely dependent on you.

I cannot begin to fathom the desperation involved before a person will want to take his or her own life and it saddens me greatly. But I do know this, love can halt this evil, malicious monster.

I know depression must be this total feeling of being engulfed in the prison of complete darkness with no possibility of a parole or been trapped and unable to reach out for help, this story ended in a miracle but sadly some don’t.

I do know that we have a duty to save a life, like that state trooper, we can be more friendly, loving and kinder to people. You never know, you might be the miracle somebody somewhere needs right now! Maybe a little whisper, maybe a smile or even a nod could send love signal to a dying soul.

I have this infinite belief that this world is full of loving people and like my husband would say,

”See the doughnut, not the empty hole.”

Just a little love  and a listening ear could banish that demon of hopelessness.

Let us save a life today…

Will you?

5 comments on “To Save A Life

  1. Clanmother says:

    You have touched on a profound and complex subject. I agree that “just a little love” makes a huge difference in someone’s life. As Albert Schweitzer, once said, “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks for your comment. I have seen a lot of people go through different stages of depression and I think by being there and knowing that you cared could change the tide, it makes a lot of difference in their fight for survival and sanity. I really love your input, thanks once again.

  2. mjtannian says:

    This post was so encouraging for me. Thanks 🙂 It’s such a good reminder. I’ll make an extra effort today to smile to strangers.
    “You never know, you might be the miracle somebody somewhere needs right now! Maybe a little whisper, maybe a smile or even a nod could send love signal to a dying soul.”

    It is so easy to focus on ourselves throughout life. It’s natural, unfortunately. I had a conversation with a friend the other day, talking about selfishness vs. selflessness. Truth is so paradoxical at times. Our feelings encourage us to live for ourselves and focus inward. You would think this selfishness would bring joy, but it doesn’t. True joy comes from loving selflessly and giving of ourselves.

    ”See the doughnut, not the empty hole.” I’ll remember this next time I want to focus on the minor inconveniences in my blessed life.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks for liking my post. Life is so short and you’re right about that empty feeling when we’re so preoccupied with ourselves alone. Unfortunately, it’s the way the world works but we can actually make a difference and save a life, thanks for once again for stopping by. Cheers!

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