“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind and the third is to be kind.” ~Henry James

The Chain of Love

“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 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 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 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 that 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 4 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?

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”~Plato

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.'”

Does this story mean anything to you apart from it just being another proverb? Well, I’d say it’s a reality. Try it out once. After all, miracles do happen! Hope the following story changes your outlook towards life (It did for me!). Keep shining

This beautiful story began as a story that appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Country Soul book in 1996, written by Jonnie Barnett and Rory Lee and it was shared with you by one of our readers- Manvita Gandhi.

If you enjoyed reading this beautiful story, feel free to share it with your loved ones 🙂

~love, Luminita💫

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Luminita D. Saviuc

Luminita, the Founder of PurposeFairy, is an enthusiastic student of the arts, psychology, and spirituality. Her acclaimed blog post, 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy , was shared by over 1.3 million people on Facebook. Later on, it became the heart of her book, 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy., book that was published by Penguin Random House. For more details check out the 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy Book Page.

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  • Caroline

    19, September 2012 at 3:38 am

    I head that story before. It was in a song. I loved it. I will be 64 in Oct. Even when I was very young I always worked hard at helping kids in my school. I always loved helping people most of all the underdogs. Till this day I do my best to keep helping. I have many medical problems. That does not stop me. I just wish I had extra money to help those in need. I am one of those in need. Yet it always seems to work out when I just can’t keep up with my bills. Someone always seems to be willing to give me help. Even if I don’t ask, that is hard for me to do (ask for help). I just keep praying & I can see how it’s coming back to me. So true what goes around comes around. God bless all..

  • Jody Stewart

    19, September 2012 at 3:22 am

    This is so true. When i have had health and financial problems in the past 6 years. Family and friends and people I hardly knew sent cards, money, food, help, flowers, notes and drove me to treatments and cared for every need. I felt so fortunate and blessed. I wish that everone could know that feeling. Some husbands leave when their wives go through breast cancer. Mine offered to shave his head when i lost my hair, rubbed my feet, kissed my bald head, brought me breakfast in bed and told me i was beautiful. I am one lucky woman! Here is to men who are as tough as we must be.

  • Manvita Gandhi

    18, September 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I’m glad you liked it. I completely agree with you! Do let me know about your book, seems extrememly beautiful.

  • Avalon

    17, September 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I want to print business cards of the Henry James quote and just leave them in random places waiting to catch someone’s attention – great story.

  • C Jones

    17, September 2012 at 6:14 pm

    That was beautiful – totally unexpected ending. We need a lot more kindness in this world today. Thank you – I needed this story today.

  • Manvita Gandhi

    17, September 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I’m glad you liked it!

  • Manvita

    17, September 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I’m soo glad that it could touch your heart! Thank you for the appreciation everyone!!

  • Kathy

    17, September 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I have not been here in a while – so glad I am back, I needed this!

  • Emily

    17, September 2012 at 3:51 am

    Great and inspiring story! Kindness is truly the essence of love!!

  • bonniejean

    17, September 2012 at 1:02 am

    Never miss an opportunity to be kind or help someone out. Needs are always there. Trust where He leads you <3

  • Tahlia Newland

    17, September 2012 at 12:19 am

    This is one of those stories that gives me goosebumps it’s so lovely. Imagine how our would would be if everyone practices being kind to each other. IT’s such a simple thing and warms the giver as much as the receiver. I hope my YA novel with a ‘solutions for bullying’ theme takes off, because that’s the basic message in the book, and we need the whole world to hear it, then act on it.

  • Kelly Watson

    16, September 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I loved this article! It touched my heart. These are the things I want to do for others.

  • Shivani

    16, September 2012 at 12:10 pm

    It is so true.
    What we give to the universe it gives back to us..

  • Ciera Thomas

    16, September 2012 at 4:51 am

    awwww, I wasn’t expecting that!! Great story!