Monday, May 27, 2013

Randon Act of Kindness

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It was the end of November when I was woken up from a deep sleep to stare up at my shaken wife as she frantically tried to relate something about a deer. I jumped up and tried to calm her, finally she was able to get out that a deer had run out as she was driving home and had rammed into the side of the car. My first response was to make sure she was okay and thankfully beside being a little sore and upset she was.

I went outside with her to look at the car that had somehow crawled its way back into our driveway. It was smoking a little and the tire was acting funny. We both were worried something had happened to the frame. Either way the car couldn't be driven and we knew it had to be looked at. Well first we called the insurance company and after waiting while some obnoxious music played in the background, we were told that deer collision was not covered and they were sorry. 

We have many blessings in our life.  Two beautiful, healthy children, a happy and long—considering the age in which we met and the time in which we live—marriage. We were lucky to move to a nice neighborhood with a nice house where the kids can go to a great school. Money, though, had never been one of the blessings we often received. It was something we were used to dealing with and we always found a way. Still so close to Christmas anything extra was hard to come by.

So with a sigh and a knowing look we got a tow truck to take our car to this awesome little mechanic shop who most people with a brain go to around here. We waited for the number to come in so we could start planning. Two days later we got a call to come up to the shop for our car. Both of us were worried as we were not sure if we could pay that tab, but we went and did what we always do, hope for the best and get ready for the worst.

As we pulled into the shop we see our little champion of a car sitting in a parking spot. Its dents were repaired a bit leaving only a few battle scars. As we made our way to the desk to pay the guy who owned the shop came out from the back with our keys and said come on. With a confused look to each other we followed. Outside he told us that he had to bend the bumper back out it was hitting the tire and the headlight had to be fixed and few other things. My mind was trying to tally up some number when he handed us the keys and said have a good one.

With a look of shock my wife said, "How much do we owe you?"

The Mechanic smiled and said, "Not a thing, Merry Christmas."

Both of us tried to argue and say we could at least pay something, but he wouldn't hear it and soon we were both sitting in silence in the car on our way home. My wife laughed at some point which started both of us laughing and smiling. I tell you this I will never take so much as an oil change anywhere else.

Also just to further show there are things out there beyond us at work. As we headed back to our house we saw a man on the side of the street asking for money. We had brought forty dollars in cash with us and our card in hopes that it had enough combined to pay the bill. Without a word I looked at my wife and she nodded. I handed her the cash and pulled up next to the guy. She handed him the money with a smile and a God bless you, we drove off to home.

26 comments:

  1. What wonderful acts of kindness by the garage owner, and you! I think sometimes you just have to trust in life that all will be well. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I agree worry almost never helps anyone.

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  2. That is awesome and just goes to prove that you get back what you put out in the world.

    I totally believe in the concept of 'karma' :)

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  3. I absolutely believe in doing good for others. What a wonderful gesture of the mechanic, and even bigger gesture from you and your wife to return that kind of blessing to someone else. Life is hard on everyone but that doesn't mean we shouldn't do what we can for others whenever possible.
    My parents always taught me to do things for people because we care and because its the right thing to do and most importantly never to expect anything in return. Fantastic story and post, thanks for sharing ;)

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    1. This is a great way to live and something I strive for myself. My mom taught me the same things.

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  4. That's a great story and it is awesome when you run into random acts of kindness. I have experienced quite a few myself. And I believe the good (or bad) you do to others return to you somehow. Obviously your balance was in your favor. :) Good for you.

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    1. I agree, I am by no means close to a perfect person, but I try to live with empathy and it has served me well over the years.

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  5. A terrific story of how kindness produces kindness.

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  6. Aww this brought tears to my eyes. How awfully nice of that man, and you!

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    1. Glad it touched you, it did the same for us.

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  7. That's great. You paid it forward. I think this is your best post so far, and you'll write many good posts and stories and books in the future.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thank you and I can only hope this is true, but I will always work to be better. :)

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  8. Brandon, what a wonderful story. First of all, I'm so glad your wife was okay - what a terrifying ordeal that must have been! After all that happens on the news and all of the killing and death and backstabbing you read about in the world, it's nice to get some affirmation that there are some good people out there. Good for you for spreading the good karma.

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    1. Yeah it was great, like you said it is easy to forget there are awesome people out there. That is why I love this blog hop. It is a good way to remember the good in the world.

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  9. This is such a cool story. Holidays can be amazing times. It's people like this that make us realize what life is truly about. I'm so happy you and your wife share this experience and received such a lovely gift of kindness, Brandon.

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    1. I agree, it all becomes worth it when we get to see that there is good in people.

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  10. Playing it forward--kindness received leads to kindness given. Great story!

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  11. This is an awesome story! Great post.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  12. That's a touching story, bro. Now, what's the # and address of this mechanic?
    just kidding
    I'd rather hear this kind of story than what's typically on the news any day.

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    1. Me too, we need to hear more of the good in the world.

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  13. Love that story. The natural high you got from giving, compared to the icky feeling you'd have had by looking the other way and keeping your money, is something to think about. At least, it got me thinking about it anyway.
    BTW I saw your book pop up on an Amazon email for sci-fi/fantasy releases. Cool beans!

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    1. IT does feel good to give, it seems almost more natural than keeping things to yourself.

      That is cool, it seems to be steadily growing I am glad those that have read it are enjoying it.

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