Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Kindness Of An Stranger

--by franfaraz, posted Oct 7, 2020
This afternoon coming back from seeing my mom; reading stories to her and a few scary moments that looked like this was it, I was driving home. I took the route that was more like a canyon Drive with beautiful sceneries to think and process my feelings. All of a sudden I heard a pop. I knew right away what had happened - a big flat tire! I pulled to the side, but this was a canyon drive with not much shoulder space, and it happened to be around a curve that people couldn't see me. That made it dangerous. Cars were speeding up unconsciously passing me. I couldn't get out. Within minutes, I saw a van stopped at a distance behind me. The gentleman walked out, wearing a mask offering help, and I dared to walk out of the car very carefully. It was so narrow. He moved my car a bit out of the way while I was talking to AAA. After much back and forth with AAA (since they couldn't find my location, it was rather remote) they said with all the priority they gave me since I was in a dangerous place, they can send assistance in 20-30 minutes. The gentleman offered to look at my spare tire to make sure it's ok before I hang up with AAA. Before I knew it, he took it out and started changing the tire for me, while it was a dangerous location with cars passing by so fast. By the time I was done with AAA, he had changed my tire!

I told him I can't believe it and he said, oh things happen and I said, that's not what I mean. I believe life happens, but I can't believe he stopped by and helped me before AAA did. He laughed. I thanked him and he left. And in reality, I do think things happen and I don't get upset. I also think that the universe bends toward goodness and unconsciously does think that kindness will show up. But here is the nugget, before laddership (an educational program I'm participating in), I would have thought of them as two separate things. After my reflections for the past 3 weeks, I think these are all continuing things. The event and generosity followed are one continuous transaction. As we said goodbye, I promised him to pay it forward. I saw in my mirror that the van just followed me, making sure I was ok. At the light, I got a chance to see the entire family in the van. A beautiful young wife with gorgeous children in the back. They all gave me a big smile and waved at me. The children were wishing me luck! They were so cute. I thought about what a role model for those young children to learn about service and compassion. And I thought how lucky I was to be the recipient of such generosity in a hot dry southern CA afternoon.

Love you all,
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Readers Comments

Khokha wrote: Thank you for this story where a stranger could help you out of such a dangerous situation. He and his family will never be a stranger to you again. Thank God for good and helpful people
DANCE wrote: Inspiring, thank you!
pluto178 wrote: Heavenly energy at work x
mindyjourney wrote: Such a generous helper :))). We never forget a kindness like that, and I’m sure you will keep him and his family in thoughts and prayers 🙏. Prayers for you too as well, my friend. Not as easy time for you. 💕 🕊
Cameron markus wrote: Wow that would change my life if that happened to me
Chris wrote: It was so uplifting to read this beautiful story of compassion taken into action to help this lady in a tough situation. We don’t hear enough of these stories and i think they happen all the time. So please keep the good stories coming. And for this man and his family and this woman and her family, i offer this blessing: may you be safe. May you be strong and healthy. May you be happy. May you live in peace and gratitude.
Rajni wrote: God provides us with what we need not what we want. You wanted aaa but god knew you needed that kind person's service. The van driver paid back for someone else's kindness to him rendering his service to you.

Thank god he always does highest good to us.

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