Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Overwhelmed by Unexpected Loving Kindness

--by Jimpa, posted Apr 1, 2011

The car went through the stop sign and into the intersection. With no where to go or time to get there, my taxi hit the car dead on. For the next three months I was out of work. I had no savings to speak of. No family to help me. I was in dire straights to be sure.  The lady who ran the stop sign had little insurance, barely enough to cover the medical expenses with little left over to pay my living expenses.

Just after the accident Justin came to see me in the hospital. We had been co-drivers with the taxi company. We knew each other and worked well together. We were not what one might consider to be friends but we liked each other. He asked me what was going to happen and I told him I didn't know. I was in deep trouble financially until a settlement could be reached. Homelessness was a possibility.

Justin reached into his wallet and took out $200 and handed it to me. For the next three months every Thursday he would come and give me $200. He worked  extra shifts, never asked when or if he would get the money back. His generosity was boundless and selfless. I was and shall be forever overwhelmed by his act of loving kindness and compassion.

When the settlement finally came, I took Justin to the lawyers office and he was given a check for twice the amount he had so generously given me. Then the lawyer asked him to wait outside while we concluded our business. The lawyer told me all of the debts had been paid but there was nothing left for me and asked why I had given Justin so much money. When I told him he asked me to wait outside. Then he called me back in and handed me a check for $5000 to help me get re-established. The lawyer and the doctor had reduced their fees.

The story does not end there. Because of Justin's act of kindness, I have done my best to be the same kind of friend to others. The greatest lesson he taught me was that to be truly generous one must be grateful for the blessings bestowed upon them.                                                                     


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bjorose wrote: Yea! To both of you. And the doctor,the lawyer. It is catching-kindness for no reason. Just happy to do it. :)
Li Wenrui wrote: This passage was chosen in our mid-term examination. That's a bad news but the article are really good. Thanks for sharing it!
erinvictoria wrote: Justin went above and beyond the meaning of a true friend. How awesome. This makes me want to be a better friend to my friends. Thanks for sharing this.
Likita wrote: Jimpa's story reminds me of an elderly friend who bought a second car for the use of his family. On learning that i had no car to use, the elderly friend sent the car to my house with the following instructions: use the car for as long as you need it. All service expenses would be taken care of. , i was overwhelmed by this great gesture which has influenced my being ready to kind to all, including strangers. This took place 28 years ago.
gadgets wrote: Thanks for sharing that! It truly was heartwarming and it brought tears to my eyes!
Woodrose wrote: Thank you for sharing your story.

It moved me and inspired me :)
Maryjersey wrote: I love it! It's amazing how generosity is contageous.
Sajha wrote: Yes, yes, yes! Wonderful!
rainbowSmiles wrote: A b'ful ripple of kindness set through in your case. Great! Hopefully, we all can create more such unselfish ripples :)
Oumu wrote: Thank you for sharing and act of kindness a big thank to justin the doctor and the lawyer. Is really good to know the with all the war and crime there are good people out there. That make a difference

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