Traffic Angel

My first encounter with an angel was when I was living in New York City. I was crossing an extremely busy intersection. Well, I got to the middle and realized the light was red for me and cars were whizzing by and I panicked and started to step back into the lane I had just crossed to return to the curb when I felt these very strong hands grab me from behind and a man said "Never go back!" Just as he said it, a car raced by me and brushed my clothes it was so close - if he hadn't been there I would have been hit. I glanced up to see a strange man, African American, right behind me - there, smack in the middle of this busy intersection - holding my arms in a tight grip! He smiled at me slightly. And I smiled in gratitude. We waited for the light to turn green and proceeded to the other side. When I got to the other side and collected my thoughts I turned around to look for him but of course he was not there. I will never forget him or the message that he gave me - it has applied to much of my life. "Never go back." I try to move forward always...