While there are so many, many people in the world, amazing how we keep meeting the ones we know so often. And a great learning in life therefore is – be always nice to people. No matter how adverse the situation, how difficult the circumstances. The recent past has made me marvel at the proverb “what goes around comes around” even more. Philosophy of Karma in a way! A little bit of kindness, a small good deed, putting a smile on someone’s face… Everything goes a long way in improving the happiness quotient.
A recent true story I read reinforced my convictions.
One day, a poor boy, who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school found he had only one thin dime left. And he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly and then asked “How much do I owe you? “You don’t owe me anything” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.”
“Then I thank you from the bottom of my heart.” As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically but his faith in God and man was stronger also. He had been ready to give up and quit.
Many years later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled and finally sent her to the big city where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.
Dressed in his doctor’s gown, he recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case. After a long struggle, the battle was won.
Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words…..
“Paid in full with one glass of milk.” — Signed — Dr. Howard Kelly.
Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank you, God that Your love has spread through human hearts and hands.”
The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time. Not that you do good with an expectation of return! So if you never see the deed again at least you would have made the world a better place.
Perhaps that’s what life is all about. Remember, the reverse is almost always true too!