I enjoy helping other people whenever I can. Though it might not always be
something that I want to do, I’ll still help out. It makes people happy and lets them know
that someone out there cares. The fact that I made someone’s day is a great achievement
in my eyes.
I believe that benevolence changes lives. Not long ago, I was walking to my
vehicle after a long day of classes. I saw a young couple stranded with some sort of car
problem so I asked if they needed any help.
“Do you have any tools?” a frustrated young man asked.
“Yeah, I’ll be over in a minute,” I replied. Not knowing what I was about to get into, I
pulled up to his car and ask him what is wrong. He tells me the problem and shows me a
brand new tensioner pulley. Knowing that I have a report due in less than six hours, I
figure out how long it will take to repair their car. I did a similar job for a friend of mine a
few weeks before and it didn’t take long. After multiple cuts on my fingers and hands, a
lot of grease, and two hours later, I finish. The young couple, down on their luck, were
full of excitement when I lowered the car and told them to start the engine. As they tested
it in the parking lot, I noticed a glow from both of their faces when they returned.
“William, you are an angel,” he proclaimed with a very generous handshake.
“Thank you very much,” the young woman said. “We would have had to pay
about two hundred fifty dollars. What do we owe you?” she asks in a very giving voice.
I tell them to just help someone else. That is always my answer when asked that question.
As I get my materials together for my assignment, they pull aside me and express one
more ecstatic thank you.
About five minutes later when I was washing up in the business building’s
restroom, I looked up into the mirror and a sense of enlightenment came over me. Once
again, I felt as if I had change someone’s life.
Not many people perform random acts of kindness these days. Most expect
something in return or are just to self-centered to even care. You may not always be
acknowledged for your good deed, but do it anyway. An unexplainable reward awaits
you every time. Be benevolent. You’ll know what I mean.
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