Tuesday, November 06, 2007

What Goes Around, Comes Around

"Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting." - Elizabeth Bibesco

One day a man saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her. Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn't look safe; he looked poor and hungry.

He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was those chills which only fear can put in you.

He said, "I'm here to help you, ma'am. Why don't you wait in the car where it's warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson."

Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt.

As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn't thank him enough for coming to her aid.

Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped. Bryan never thought twice about being paid. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty, who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way.

He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Bryan added, "And think of me."

He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.

A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn't erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan ..

After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, but the old lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be. Then she noticed something written on the napkin.

There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: "You don't owe me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I'm helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: Do not let this chain of love end with you."

Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard....

She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, "Everything' s going to be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson."

There is an old saying "What goes around comes around." Pass on this story... Let this light shine.

(Source: Email; Author: Unknown)

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surjit said...

Yes,God has created this universe like that:
"What goes around comes around...
Or in other words..As you sow so shall you reap.If we send postive vibrations in this universe,we will get the same positivity and vice versa..
Thanks Sam, for sharing a wonderful story with a noble message.
God bless.

Sam Chan said...

Thanks Surjit for sharing your valuable thoughts and words of wisdom.

Let's encourage one another to be rich in good works!

God bless.

Lucky Lady said...


Sam Chan said...

Hi Lucky Lady,

I am glad this post had managed to rekindled your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comments. I really appreciate that.


Monday Morning Power said...


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Titania Starlight said...

Pay it forward. This story touched me and I had a hard time finishing it with tears in my eyes. That was so wonderful and moving. The universe is kind indeed.

Have a great day, Sam.:o)

lance said...

Very good.
We reap what we sow.
God bless your blog.
Keep writing.

jennifer said...

Ahhh Sam, what a lovely story to illustrate a truth.

We may not always understand or realize how our actions affect others but indeed they do!

Thank you for this uplifting moment!

Blessings to you dear friend,


mr fong said...

This is so sweet, in a roundabout way! Leson learnt: Don't be stingy when giving, don't be forgetful when getting. Indeed, your help comes back to you. BUt that's not the pt! Lol.

Life Reflection said...

Hi Sam,

Thanks for the many reminders of simple truth in all your posts!

Ankit Shukla said...

nice one man i liked this one..the best i read today

Cornucopia Chronicles said...

This is really a great story. Tears dropping into my cheeks while reading.

Great quote, too. I believe so.....

Sam Chan said...

Hi Mel Kaye (Monday Morning Power),

Thanks for stopping by. Also thanks for the invitation to participate in a "Traveling Directory".

Best Wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Tawnya,

Yeah. This story is indeed very touching. I am glad you find it wonderful and moving.

Blessings to you, Tawnya.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Lance,

Thanks for your nice words. I am glad that you liked this post. Yes! We reap what we sow.

Blessings to you, Lance.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for adding your insightful views. Indeed, whatever we do even our small actions do affect others.

Let's continue to be kind at all time so that the world will be a better place when everybody starts to reciprocate.

Blessings to you my dear friend.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Winston,

Thank you for your insight and wisdom! I am glad you got the message! :-)

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." - Mother Teresa

Blessings to you, Winston.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Life Reflection,

Thanks for your kind support and encouragement! It means a lot!

Blessings to you.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Ankit Shukla,

Thanks for your nice and motivating comments.

"In this life even if we cannot do great things, we can always do small things with great love."

My best wishes to you.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Haze,

Thanks for giving me your feedback. I really appreciate it. I am glad you liked this story and the quote.

"It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters." - Mother Teresa

Blessings to you.

Marlene said...

What a touching story, Sam. The world, indeed, needs someone like Bryan Anderson. Thank you for sharing. And we all can do what he did with courage and love to mankind.

Tina Su said...

Great Post! Keep up the excellent word.
Love & Gratitude,
Think Simple. Be Decisive.
~ Productivity, Motivation & Happiness

FL Sam said...

Another great post. I posted this Chinese proverb at my wordpress blog.

Good will be rewarded with good and evil with evil; it is only a matter of time.
(Chinese original: Chinese lettering not allowed here)

Chinese Pinyin: Shan4 e4 dao4 tou2 zhong1 you3 bao4, zhi3 deng3 lai2 zao3 yu4 lai2 chi2.)

“What goes around comes around.”

So, we must be good. :)

Sam Chan said...

Hi Marlene,

Thanks for your comments. Hopefully, we all will try our best to imitate and do all this good works after being touched by the story.

Blessings to you, Marlene.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Tina Su,

I am glad you liked this post. And, thank you for your compliment and encouragement.

Best Wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Sam,

Thanks for adding your words of wisdom. Yup.. we must always be good!


Thanks for sharing a chinese proverb. Although, I am not Chinese educated but always wanting to learn. Well, I learn something today! Thanks :-)

Best Wishes to you, Sam

Nessa said...

If only there are many Bryan Anderson around... the world would be a better place to live in:)

I've been in a situation where somebody hurt my feelings so much, I could only say, 'what goes around, come around!'...

Great blog, enjoyed reading your postings:)

Sam Chan said...

Hi Nessa,

Thanks for your kind and motivating words. I am glad that you liked my blog.

You are right! The world would be a better place if there are many Bryan Anderson.

Let's do unto others what we want others do unto us.

Blessings to you, Nessa!

Petula Wright said...

I finally saw your message to me on MyBlogLog and I'm quoting apart of your post on my blog and sending folks back to your blog to read the rest of the story.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Petula Wright,

Thanks for your kind support and encouragement! It means a lot!

Many Blessings