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What goes around #WednesdayWisdom

What goes around comes around #WednesdayWisdom #Mindfulness #Kindness

An old lady was stranded by the roadside with a flat tire. A young man driving by, stopped when he saw her. He got out of his car and approached her with a smile. The old lady was a little afraid, wondering who this stranger was—advancing towards her. He looked poor and hungry. What if he hurt her?

The young man sensed the lady’s fear and hastened to set her mind at ease. He asked her if she needed help and noticing the flat tire, suggested she waited in the warmth of his car while he fixed her tire. He introduced himself as Bryan Anderson.

While she waited, he changed the tire, picking up some bruises as he went along. Just as he was finishing up, the old lady started talking to him, saying she was just passing through and thanked him profusely for his help. Bryan smiled and opened her car door, so she could get in. She asked him how much she owed him—but money was the last thing on Bryan’s mind. He was simply helping someone in need out of the kindness of his heart.

When the lady insisted, he told her that the next time she saw someone who was in need of help, to pay it forward and think of him.

Charmed, the old lady started her car and bidding him goodbye, drove away. Bryan headed home too, as it was a cold day and he was hungry.

The lady was hungry too and noticed a café by the side of the road where she decided to stop before continuing on her journey home. As she entered, the café, she saw a waitress rush over with a clean towel so she could wipe the frost off her hair. The lady noticed that the young lady was pregnant and almost close to term and marveled at how she smiled, even though she must have been on her feet all day and tired. Musing over how someone with so little could be so cheerful in spite of her fatigue, she recalled how Bryan had come to her rescue.

So anyway, she enjoyed the hot meal the waitress placed in front of her and paid $100 and left quietly. When the waitress came back with the change, she was surprised to find her gone. Then she noticed the napkin where the lady had written: you owe me nothing. I was lucky to receive kindness today and if you would like to pay me back, carry on this chain of kindness. Just under the napkin were four more $100 bills.

Tears flowed down the young woman’s face. She hurriedly wiped them away and got on with clearing the table and attending to the other customers.

When she got off work, she headed home exhausted.  As she got into bed, she thought of the money the lady had left her and the note. With a grateful heart, she wondered how the lady could have known that she and her husband desperately needed the money. The baby was due next month . . . and it wasn’t going to be easy to manage. She knew her husband was worried and as she looked as his peaceful sleeping face, she gently kissed him and whispered: It is going to be okay. I love you Bryan Anderson.

Small gestures can change the world. #InspiringQuotes #WednesdayWisdom #Mindfulness #Kindness

Well. What can I add to this story?

“What goes around comes around.”

And blessed are they who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.

Kindness rules, eh?

What random act of kindness will you do today?

#WednesdayWisdom is a series with short bursts of easy-to-consume wisdom in the form of stories, quotes, anecdotes, and humor.

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18 Comments

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    Ryan Biddulph
    June 7, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Love this Vidya. I genuinely have a blast helping people with no conditions. Which helps me become more and more successful, but I care little about success….I do care about service though. Keep giving, have fun helping people and since we are connected you will succeed over the long haul.

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    Damyanti
    June 7, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Small acts and gestures of compassion and kindness make a huge difference in this world.

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    Rachna
    June 7, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Such a beautiful tale, Vidya. Really nothing more to add. Like your parting words, I wish we could all be kind without remembering and take without forgetting.

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      Vidya Sury
      June 8, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      Thank you Rachna. My grandmother used to say this all the time, and she showed by example!

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    shalzmojo
    June 7, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Kindness costs us nothing yet we forget to show this humane side of our nature to most ppl in our lives. We are so busy or so arrogant or so important- Phew!

    Loved this sweet tale as always – your posts make me keep coming back!!

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    pushpendra dwivedi
    June 8, 2018 at 12:02 am

    wonderful synopsis

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    Ramya Abhinand
    June 8, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    what a heart warming tale. Indeed goodness sent will make its way back in some form 🙂

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    Vinay Kumar Satyanarayan
    June 8, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Amazing ending…wish more and more people realize that…what goes around comes around……
    And congrats, too…

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    Magical Mystical Mimi
    June 9, 2018 at 11:45 am

    This is so heartwarming, Vidya. My kids and I are “random acts of kindness” addicts. We love just making somebody’s day a little easier, brighter.. You never know, our smile or hug may be the only one they get. It’s interesting how the more you give away the satisfied your soul becomes. 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      June 9, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      So true, Karen. And most of the time it costs nothing to be nice. Hugs!

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    Simon Falk
    June 9, 2018 at 11:54 am

    That story gave me goosebumps!

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      Vidya Sury
      June 9, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      I felt exactly the same, Simon! I just loved it. Thank you for stopping by!

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    Parul Thakur
    June 9, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    What a beautiful story and I know I have read this before but again and again, this is so beautiful and full of hope. Thank you for sharing 🙂
    Parul Thakur recently posted…Gratitude List – May 2018

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    My Early Retirement Journey
    June 10, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    What a sweet story! Put a smile on my face.

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    Pratikshya Mishra
    June 12, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Such a beautiful tale of kindness. What can i say. Brought happy tears.

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    Birgit
    June 12, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    We often use, almost all the time, this saying when people are nasty but rarely do I hear it for something positive. This is a wonderful story and one I will carry with me when I deal with my clients.

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      Vidya Sury
      June 12, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you Birgit. This is one of my favorites and I still remember the gooseflesh I got when I read the end the first time! Hugs! Hope you’re doing well!

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    Natasha Moon
    July 15, 2018 at 2:07 am

    BRAVO!!!! WELL WRITTEN… CAPTIVATED ME FROM BEGINNING TO END…. IF EVERYONE DID ONE KIND.. SELFLESS THING DAILY… OH’ WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD THIS WOULD BE. My good deed for the day… My first day off after working 312 hours dam near straight was spent Assisting my best friend with her Business load for the day, Gotta be there for those who would be there for you…

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