Wednesday, September 29, 2010

You could be that ONE person


I don't know if many of you have heard about the tragic incident at the University of Texas at Austin yesterday - but a student there at the school took an AK-47 (gun) to campus and committed suicide.

(News story here)

Colton, a 19 year old sophomore at UT, evidently had no intentions of hurting anyone but himself. It is thought that he was attempting a police-assisted suicide (which is when a person provokes the police in hopes they will shoot and kill him/her) but after the failed attempt, he finally just shot himself. This guy has family coming forward in complete shock because they claim he showed no signs that would lead up to this occasion. This is what his cousin had to say:

"He was a very smart guy; very intelligent," said a man who wished to be identified only as "Marcus," Tooley's cousin. "Excellent student and wouldn't or couldn't hurt a fly. If he was depressed, you'd never know it."

Strangely, there are no friends who have come forward to speak about him. He carried this gun to school and had multiple opportunities to hurt or kill others but never did. One student who came across him at the university during his raid said that as he rushed past her, he said "Excuse me." and kept walking.

This is a sad, lonely person who felt he had no other option. It really makes me wonder...

What if ONE person would have said to him, "Hey man, you wanna grab lunch?" What if ONE person reached out and tried to start a friendship?

What if ONE person was all it took to save his life?

You never know what someone is going through at any moment. How many people out there are crying out for just ONE friend? How many people just need ONE person to change their life... to SAVE their life.

You could be that ONE person.


Just keep this in mind as you go through life... you never know when the opportunity to be that ONE person for someone will come up. When you go to work or class or whatever you have scheduled for tomorrow, look around. Pay attention to those around you. Don't judge a person by their appearance. They may seem totally fine.

This sophomore at UT Austin seemed perfectly fine.

Don't be afraid to reach out to people. If you get rejected, oh well... at least you know you tried.

But trust me, it will be worth it when you befriend a person in need of a friend and you find out later that YOU made a difference in their life. You quite possibly could be the SOLE PERSON who saves their life.


Who cares if they are different! Say hello :) That's all it takes.


Adorably Distracted... said...

I love this post! You are so right!

mixed girl said...

I totally agree. It takes a simple act of kindness to help someone else. Very good post!

Holly said...

You turned a tragic incident into a beautiful idea. I think our whole purpose in life is to reach out to each other and build lasting connections. I feel so terrible for his family, that they were not expecting this at all and now their lives will be forever changed.

♥Aubrey said...

What a sad story!!! I feel for their family.

It's so true...that it only takes that ONE person to say "Hello" or make a kind gesture to turn your thoughts around. IF ONLY more people in this world cared to take notice upon others & their feelings.

LaLicenciada said...

Great post! And excellent point and reminder, via a very sad story.

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Monogramgirl said...

Thanks for making us think. As a mom and 6th grade teacher, I hope that I am able to reach out when needed the most.

Kristin said...

This is a very good reminder! Thank you!!!

Jenni said...

Great post... I live in Austin and this was very tragic and shocking to everyone here. You're right, you just never know who might be in need of that little bit of extra kindness - we should do our best to treat EVERYONE with compassion.

Looking forward to following you! :)