This is a real story. I know the people from this story personally. Nothing is altered or embellished to make it more interesting.
Someone I know closely, has something remarkable going on. He looks very ordinary in his jeans and plaid shirt. He does not seem particularly well to do, artistic, or knowledgeable.
What is strange is that so many times he is at the right place at the right time.
Often when he is in the process of doing his daily job, or running his errands.
This time, he was almost home, and was going to pass an intersection.
A man was standing on the divider with a sign, saying:
"Homeless and hungry. Sorry, I have to ask."
My friend had had some difficult months behind him. Laid off after 20 years. Filed for unemployment. Tried to sell his house, but after several months it was still not sold.
He had only four dollars in his pocket. But suddenly he became overwhelmed with thankfulness. He thought that at least he was still living in a house, and still could buy food.
This man standing on the divider had less, so he gave him the four dollars.
The next day he was talking to his realtor on the cell phone, while he was walking from his car to the store to get some supplies. While he was talking, he suddenly saw a five dollar bill on the ground. Perplexed he said loudly to his realtor, "There's a five dollar bill on the ground!"
We are not always rewarded for doing good. But this five dollar bill was an encouragement to my friend.
His children too had caught his life style.
(I think that children learn better when it's caught than when it's taught!
One of his daughters spent increasingly more time with her high school friend.
When her mother asked, "Don't you have a paper due tomorrow?"
She answered, "Yes, but I've mine done already."
"So, why did you say you needed to study at your friends house then?"
She told her mother that she was writing the paper for her friend, because the latter had aphasia (a reading problem where you mix up the letters in a word).
This mother was very surprised and told her daughter that it she needed to teach her friend to read instead of writing the paper for her school friend.
He discovered that one of his other children in elementary school, was helping the handicapped kids during recess, so their teachers would have time to get lunch for themselves.
Then on another occasion, he heard that one of his children had given the guitar away which had taken him 6 months to save up for.
When the father inquired why he had done this, his son said that he did it, because he believed that it would save his friend from doing drugs.
Doing good. I'm telling you this story, because we are gearing up for winter, and so many more people right now, with having lost their job or house, will need our help.
The people you see in the street, or people you know have a difficult time.
A little act of kindness
I hope you'll do it when you suspect
someone needs something that you have.