Today, while running errands, I stopped at the government agency to renew my driver's license. As the clerk behind the counter typed in my information, I couldn't help overhearing a young girl talking on the phone. She was devastated because although she had passed her driver's test, her bankcard had been denied for the $10 needed to complete the transaction due to insufficient funds. She would have to retake the test again at another time if she did not pay the fee before leaving the building. As I eavesdropped, I finished up my business in the office and asked the clerk for change for $20. Pausing as I left, I handed the girl the $10 she needed and smiled at her. "I think you need this", I said and left. She stared at me and managed to yell out, "Thank you!" as the door swung shut behind me.
This encounter left me feeling wonderful. I grinned at all the other pedestrians as I return to my car. I nearly skipped! I felt good....Better than good. I felt elated.
Later, as I paid for the kid's swimming lessons, a small girl came up to the counter beside me to pay for some time in the pool. Her grandmother had dropped her off with $1 to cover the charge. The woman behind the counter tried to explain to this little girl that use of the swimming pool cost much more and that she wouldn't be allowed to swim today. I couldn't help it. I can't really financially afford too many acts of....'good karma', but to watch this little one look back at the woman with confusion and disappointment on her little face was too much. I handed over the money, smiled at the little girl and left.
Again, I felt a rush of happiness and contentment. I hoped that not only had these two small acts helped those who needed it, but it would remind others who had heard these exchanges that small, seemingly insignificant acts can mean so much. Not only to the recipients, but to the givers as well.
Upon my arrival at home, I switched on my computer and was awed to find that one of you wonderful readers, Janet, had sent $10 to my account. $10. Exactly what I had given to the girl at the government agent.
It probably means nothing. It is most likely just a coincidence....But it felt so wonderful to entertain the idea that...maybe there is more. Maybe Karma is real. Maybe it is a message that kindness and empathy are the way to a balanced life.
Thank you, Janet. Thank you for your generosity and thank you so very much for the hope that you have refreshed in my heart.