Tuesday, February 08, 2005

What goes around, comes around

At distinct and memorable moments in my life, people have stepped in to lend me a helping hand, for an assortment of things. There was no reward in it for them. They just did it because they saw I was in need, and it was the right thing to do. More than that, I think they did it because they wanted to.

On one occasion, I wanted to see and sense the distance between Honduras and the United States, so I refunded my airline ticket and set a course by bus. Over a six-week period, I stopped at various destinations, watching my money carefully. Unfortunately, I had poorly planned just how expensive things get once you cross the border into the U.S.

My dad forwarded a bus ticket to me in Houston so I could get home. I stayed one night in a hotel, and hitched a ride from Brownsville to Houston. Once in Houston, I got the bus ticket and headed home. I only had a few bucks left in my wallet though, and the bus ride was something like 36 hours. I thought I should be very sparing in spending any of that money.

At a fast food rest stop, the guy sitting next to me got up. When he returned, he gave me a bag of food. I don't know what he sensed. We hadn't talked much. Somehow he knew I must have been hungry. Did I look that bad off after six weeks on buses across Guatemala and Mexico?

As it happens, when I finally arrived in Wisconsin, I had exactly enough change left in my pocket to call home.

I have many other stories like that, and have tried to be aware of situations where I can be a help to someone else.

We are all in the world together, for better or worse. Help a person in need. You'll bring them happiness, you'll feel better about yourself, and somewhere, sometime, who knows, your gift may just come back to you.


Blogger Dave Morris said...

The concept of serendipity is lost on most. I'd venture to say 90 percent of the lessons I've learned in life happened through serendipitous circumstances.

I like your blog. I'll check back.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Schroeder said...

Thanks for your comment Dave. Feel free to contribute. I'd appreciate it if you have anything to add.

2:29 PM  

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