A couple months ago, I deposed a plaintiff who had a traumatic brain injury from a catastrophic car accident. If the case wasn’t ongoing, I’d share the property damage photographs, but this man is lucky to be alive.
This man is highly educated and worked as an architect at a large, worldwide firm. He claims his cognitive dysfunction has left him unable to hold down gainful employment.
At his deposition, as a matter of course and to identify potential witnesses, I asked him who his best friends were.
I’ll never forget the look of authentic pain on his face when he sadly disclosed he had no friends. It was heartbreaking and will probably be one of the standout memories of my career.
He told me his childhood and college friends rallied around him in the months following the accident, and then slowly disappeared. Now the only human interaction he gets is from his parents, and that’s just because he lives with them.
We all know people who are suffering from a tragedy. Death. Divorce. Job Loss. An Accident. Sickness. Bankruptcy. Struggles with a family member. Addiction.
Reach out to those people and then reach out to them some more.
Remind these people they are not alone. We are all busy with our own lives and problems, but it’s effortless to send an “I’m thinking of you” text when you’re sitting at a stop light or waiting in the carpool line. Invite them to join you for weekend plans with your family or to come with you where you worship. If you’re going to the movies, invite them to come along. Send them a small gift via Amazon Prime.
We live in a world where people are too concerned with minding their own business and not offending anyone. But as God instructed us to love each other, reaching out to other people who might need is isn’t just our business, it’s also our calling. We are our brother’s keepers.
It takes a community to love each other and to let one another know that they matter. ✌️