Chris Miracle -- yes, that's his real name -- was driving through his hometown of Manntown, Florida, at 2AM. He was keeping a sharp eye out for deer, which have the dangerous habit of darting out into the road without regard for oncoming traffic.
Peering through the darkness, he noticed something else entirely -- lights flashing through the brush on the side of the road.
He had driven on about another mile before the feeling that something was wrong prompted him to turn his truck around and go back to investigate.
He discovered a car 40 yards from the highway. The driver, a 77-year-old woman had veered off the road and into a creek. With no cell phone and unable to make her way through the brush, she had turned on her hazard lights in hope that someone might see her.
“I mean the timing was just impeccable,” Chris Miracle told News 4 JAX. “[I think it was] G-d’s work. Right place, right time –- it was meant to be.”
But it was more than that. It was a good citizen willing to listen to the voice of his conscience rather than merely carrying on about his business.
Would I have stopped in the same situation? I wonder. But it's more likely now that I would if I found myself in similar circumstances.
That's the power of ethics. Our actions not only help those around us but inspire others to be the best version of themselves.
So what would you do?