For years I’ve proclaimed to everyone how wonderful my bride is.
She’s saved me from loneliness, destitution, hunger, the East Coast and memories of countless failed relationships.
Last week she saved me again, with the Heimlich maneuver.
You see, after a pretzel left a dusty trail in my throat, I drank a club soda.
Whoom! The bubbles, reacting with the dust, created a thousand tiny sponges simultaneously expanding in my throat.
I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t even choke.
In my mind I was already writing the police report concluding with “Stupid way to die.”
My bride had other plans, acting fast and saving my life.
During his lifetime, Dr. Henry Heimlich’s signature move saved 100,000+ lives. Mine’s now on the list.
Today I joke about laughing at death, but I’ll admit to being scared.
My bride asked me not to tell this story, but this is unquestionably a teachable moment.
Choking can happen to anyone, anytime.
Cliché? Maybe, but it doesn’t make it any less true.
So how does this tie into a marketing column? Obviously, I can’t just celebrate my life partner’s accomplishment and be done with it.
So consider this scenario: You’re having lunch at work tomorrow and a piece of sandwich catches in your throat. Older readers will remember this is how Mama Cass Elliott purportedly died in 1974 (not true!)
A co-worker with whom you’ve clashed sees you turning blue, your hand at your throat. He steps behind you, performs the Heimlich maneuver, and saves your life.
Your associate wasn’t looking for applause, but to you he is now a hero. Your opinion of this person has gone up several notches. Past disagreements suddenly seem trivial.
The message sent and received was that common decency overcame company politics.
Today we’re swimming through a sea of disagreements, with former friends consistently at each other’s throats over every twitch and tweet coming from the nation’s capital.
And perhaps I’m fantasizing to believe that we’re all decent enough to save the next guy, even if we radically oppose whatever he stands for.
But since at the moment I’m still believing in miracles, give me this one. And if you don’t know how to do the Heimlich maneuver, learn.
Because you could easily save a life tomorrow.
With that said, I wish you a week of stress-free marketing.
Reach the newly optimistic Mr. Marketing at www.askmrmarketing.com.