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Story about paying it forward. This story choked me up.

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posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 12:17 PM
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My mom sends me random emails from work that are uplifting to her children's spirits. This one she passed on to me.

"WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND...

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 looked 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 that chill 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.

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.' Today I send you
this story, and I'm asking you to pass it on. Let this light shine. God
works in mysterious ways and sometimes puts people in our lives for a
reason
."

I only hope it touches others as it has me today.




posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 12:33 PM
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posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 12:35 PM
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Wow! I must say it brought tears to my eyes as well. Whether it is true or not, it is a very telling story as to the capacity we have within us as human beings to help those in need and do it because it is the right thing to do and not only about what is in it for me!

Thanks for sharing that story! It reminds me of how much room for improvement I myself have to make!



posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 12:47 PM
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Thanks for that video. I guess that's the UK version, but exactly the same.

He was touched at the same point in the story I was. Lovely.



posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 12:50 PM
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Thanks for sharing that story! It reminds me of how much room for improvement I myself have to make!


You and me both. It made me think deeper too. All the power we as individuals have regardless of the PTB, etc. And it's free.



posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 12:56 PM
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This video was posted by Iamschist on her thread Christian Music, come and celebrate He lives which is along the same theme. I like this one too. It is also emotionally touching.


Life Vest Inside - Kindness Boomerang - "One Day"




posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 02:17 PM
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Wonderful thread DA. I think paying it forward should start with each of us whenever we get the chance. It is so much fun to give to others.
I love it when they never know where it came from!



posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 02:25 PM
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Originally posted by Iamschist
Wonderful thread DA. I think paying it forward should start with each of us whenever we get the chance. It is so much fun to give to others.
I love it when they never know where it came from!


Thanks.
Positivity can go a long way. Just a smile on a persons face from an unexpected helping hand helps so much.



posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 04:19 PM
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I hope this thread gets bumped to the front page.

I too got teary eyed. Great post, thank you.

I will definitely share this one.



posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 10:14 PM
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I hope this thread gets bumped to the front page.


Thanks.
We all could use more positive emotions amongst the dread and horror of the world at large.




posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 10:16 PM
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What a beautiful and moving story...♥......I did not see the end coming, that it would turn out to be her husband.
As soon as I read it my eyes filled with tears...lol...good tears.....


With all the "craziness" surrounding us...this story puts things in perceptive for me....makes me so grateful for the "devine" Love and help I have been given...and .....encourages me to want to give more of myself.

Very special "shout out" to a Very special man who rescused an older woman and her 3 dogs stranded in a parking lot late at night and had no cell phone to call her family...I was obilivious, never even noticed her until he did, and we gave her and the dogs a ride home, God I was sooo in Love with him at that moment.......he also "rescused" Muffy Bear...lol....but's that's a whole other story......♥

Great Thread...Thank-You......



posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 10:16 PM
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double post
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posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 10:16 PM
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opps, sorry puter is going wacko
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posted on Jun, 10 2012 @ 03:11 AM
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There is an unseen kindness that moves in the most amazing ways. This thread is an opportunity for me to share my current and as yet unresolved situation.

This is real and current. I will make it concise. There is nothing I would not do to protect/help a Child. I cannot talk about the details as there is a legal boundary for the sensitive confidential information. Just know that I am employed in education and work with Children. I would never ignore something I saw or keep information to myself about Child abuse - never.

I did the right thing and followed my training - my doctor put me on sick leave hoping the situation would be sorted out and because I was - let's just say - not treated well in my workplace. I had a visitor while on sick leave and found myself doing the right thing and following my training - again.

To cut to the chase - I have not been paid for over a year. I have been forced to see a psychiatrist (retained by my employers) who has stated I should be sedated and hospitalised immediately. My doctor of eleven years does not agree nor does another doctor my union sent me to - a further forensic psychiatrist my employers insisted upon because the union doctor was only a return to work specialist and not a psychiatrist. I have two other doctors who have treated me in the past who did not come close to the retained psychiatrist report and I am still to see another union selected psychiatrist.

I have no family - have not had any family for most of my life and have no one to support me emotionally or financially. I have no one who will die and leave me an inheritance. I have been forced to apply for government benefits and accept random Casual Teaching when it is offered.

I am now stressed about money - but will not budge on this issue. My employers will not let me return to work and due to the last psych report are making me attend six psychology sessions at $150 each and they will not pay. Technically I am still employed - at a Religious school.

There is only one person who has helped me - emotionally and financially. I have always sought to be generous when I was able. I have regaled Above Top Secret members with my story of Christmas Eve when I lived in a large city - I was wandering home and stopped at a takeaway place with a bay marie. I was making my selection and I noticed a young boy who was gazing at the hot food and practically salivating - so I asked him if he would like a meal. He beamed and stood upright and I asked him to tell the man his selection. The young boy - wrapped his arms around me and his head was well below mine - he was soooo young to be living on the streets. I have had many (unfortunately) experiences like this one.

I have to hope I can continue to be able to win this battle I am in and hope that I will be protected. There is nothing I would not do to protect a Child. It did not occur to me that the wealthiest religious organisation in the world would attempt to crush me from every angle.


Would I do the same again - knowing that my life has been completely derailed on every level - in a heartbeat. I am going to prove that one person can make a difference. This thread made me teary and that is a relief I need from time to time - to remind me I am not alone and not the only person on the planet doing what is right amid so much that is wrong.


Please use your intellect to make full sense of this story - I cannot believe that I have made it to nearly eighteen months and I am still fighting. I will - with much detail speak far more freely when I am legally able to do so.

Much Peace...to all abused Children...help is coming...



posted on Jun, 10 2012 @ 03:42 AM
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The song is much better. It is called "Chain of love" and is sung by Clay Walker. It was a very popular song back in the 90's. I don't know how to embed Youtube videos, but it is on there if you do a search.

Here are the lyrics to the song:

Artist: Clay Walker
Song: The Chain Of Love
Album: Live, Laugh, Love

He was driving home one evening,
In his beat up Pontiac
When an old lady flagged him down,
Her Mercedes had a flat
He could see that she was frightened,
Standing out there in the snow
'Til he said I'm here to help you ma'am,
By the way my name is Joe

She said I'm from St. Louis,
And I'm only passing through
I must have seen a hundred cars go by,
This is awful nice of you
When he changed the tire,
And closed her trunk
And was about to drive away,
She said how much do I owe you
Here's what he had to say

You don't owe me a thing, I've been there too
Someone once helped me out,
Just the way I'm helping you
If you really want to pay me back,
Here's what you do
Don't let the chain of love end with you

Well a few miles down the road,
The lady saw a small cafe
She went in to grab a bite to eat,
And then be on her way
But she couldn't help but notice,
How the waitress smiled so sweet
And how she must've been eight months along,
And dead on her feet

And though she didn't know her story,
And she probably never will
When the waitress went to get her change,
From a hundred dollar bill
The lady slipped right out the door,
And on a napkin left a note
There were tears in the waitress's eyes,
When she read what she wrote

You don't owe me a thing,
I've been there too
Someone once helped me out,
Just the way I'm helping you
If you really want to pay me back,
Here's what you do
Don't let the chain of love end with you

That night when she got home from work,
The waitress climbed into bed
She was thinkin' about the money,
And what the lady's note had said
As her husband lay there sleeping,
She whispered soft and low
Everything's gonna be alright, I love you, Joe

The words are neat, bit it has a better impact put to music. Be sure to look for it on Youtube, you will really like it!



posted on Jun, 10 2012 @ 03:51 AM
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posted on Jun, 10 2012 @ 03:54 AM
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You beat me to it. We're all trying to do good all at once isn't it beautiful.

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posted on Jun, 10 2012 @ 04:14 AM
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Bless your heart love.
Just know that where the world slams a door in your face, God opens a window. As you continue to do what you know in your heart and soul is right, others will notice and then another and so on. I sincerely pray for you and your situation that someone is sent to you with an open heart and listens to you for that is sorely lacking in this world and it must and will change, believe, and it will go your way.

Amanda5, I see you have great faith, integrity and hope, don't give up, I don't think you will. Bless you.



posted on Jun, 10 2012 @ 04:18 AM
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I didn't know it was a song as well.

Thanks for the info



posted on Jun, 10 2012 @ 04:21 AM
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This was posted by a friend of mine here at ATS and I would like to share this with you all.

Change For A Dollar





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