This is proof – proof that when you do good for others, good things will happen to you.
A few weeks ago, I had posted a blog post about doing something good with what you have. In the post, I had talked about a growing friendship that I have had with a lady who goes to the same coffee shop as me every single morning. We sit next to each other every morning and both read our respected books. Mine always being a self-improvement type book, and hers is always the Quran.
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After getting to know her, she shared with me that her daughter was leaving Minnesota for the upcoming school year and was going to study in Hawaii. My friend wanted to go take her daughter to school, but money was tight and she didn’t know how she was going to afford it.
I kept pushing her to go. Reflecting on when my parents dropped me off for my first semester of college, as much they wanted to be there, I also needed them there with me. It was a “last goodbye” before I was being sent off into the real world.
As much as I told her to go, I knew that still wouldn’t solve her financial issue. After knowing I wanted to help, I went to the grocery store nearby, pulled out some cash, bought a card, and went back to the coffee shop to give it to her. Before she could open it, I walked out.
Everything happened fairly quickly. Two days later she was on a plane to Hawaii with her daughter and her son where she would spend a full week just hanging out by the ocean with her family right where she needed to be.
I didn’t see her for two weeks after giving her the card. Part of me had wondered if she was offended that I had given her money without asking her if it was okay. But on a Friday morning, just over two weeks since seeing her, I saw her walking into the coffee shop.
Before getting her coffee, she dropped her things off on a chair and walked over to me. Without saying a word, she gave me a hug, looked up, and with tears in her eyes, she said thank you.
She told me all about Hawaii, and how when she stepped off of the plane, she immediately felt as though the weight of the world was lifted off of her shoulders. For the first time in a long time, she told me that she wasn’t stressed by life and that she could just get away with her kids and enjoy some family time with them.
For the next week, she and her kids went hiking, spent hours sitting by the ocean and relaxing, and just spending quality time together as a family before they headed back. Her son had just finished school in Seattle and now her daughter was going to school in Hawaii. For the first time in over four years, she was able to take a vacation with both of her kids.
It was a pretty cool feeling knowing that I was able to help and create that experience for her. It’s was more about the money. It was about helping somebody during a time in which they were stressed out and helping to lift that stress.
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What came next had left me in both awe and in tears.
See, I have a slight obsession with Aloha shirts. There’s something just something fun about being the odd person and going out in public with an aloha shirt.
Well, without even telling my friend about my slight obsession with aloha shirts, just like I had left her a card with some money and walked away, she had left me a gift bag and walked away. Inside of the gift bag was, you guessed it, an aloha shirt.
After a few minutes of just sitting there, I packed up my things and went to my car. As I got in my car, I started crying. Not because of the shirt that my friend had given me, but because I was overwhelmed with a sense of joy. I knew that I had helped to make her trip a memorable one, and because of doing so, life had just proven to me that when you do good things for others, good things will come to you as well.
I have to be honest, I thought that giving away some of my money was going to cause a little bit of anxiety (I stress about money). To be completely honest, though, I had forgotten all about it later that day.
What am I getting at? It was a much better feeling to give this lady money to help her out than it was to have it just sitting in my account. Knowing that I was able to help brighten somebody else’s day was the greatest feeling in the world. And without expecting anything in return, look at what happened.
Any way, shape, or form that you can help others, do it. Not for your own sake, but for the sake of trying to do what you can do to make the world a better place for all who live in it.
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