Stories of Kindness from Around the World

The Bridge We Were Meant To Cross

--by donothing, posted Aug 30, 2011


My brother and I were driving home together and became engrossed in a conversation. Because of this distraction my brother took a wrong turn.
Unfortunately, the wrong turn took us towards a bridge and we had no way to turn back. Grudgingly, my brother paid the bridge toll and drove on. He was clearly frustrated by the mistake and the needless waste of $4.
We eventually reached an exit slip-way and, as we took it, my brother noticed a beat-up black Mustang pulled over to the side or the road. A young guy was standing nearby trying to phone someone. I was busy trying to figure out which way we went next but my brother pulled over and asked the guy if he needed any help. And he did. He had a flat tire and needed a wrench to get it off.
My brother gave him a wrench, then proceed to help him change the flat. We started getting to know the young man who was from a rough neighborhood nearby. He said that this has been a bad week for him; earlier he had gotten into a minor car accident, and now this flat on his way home from work. But he called us, "A breath of fresh air," and kept thanking us because he really would have been stuck if we hadn't come along.
After we had finished the job he thanked us again and pulled out $20 and tried to give it to us. "No," I said. "We were never supposed to even get on that bridge, we took a wrong turn. But now we know why we did. It was to help you. Thank you for turning our mistake into an opportunity to serve."
What I loved most was watching my brother throughout this process. He was able to turn his agitation for the mistake into positive energy. He was able to see a chance to help (which I totally missed!) even in an otherwise negative situation, which can only come from a calm mind and an open heart.


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Readers Comments

princessliz wrote: Each are placed specifically to help another in this fallen world. Lets hope that our minds are welcoming of the experience.
lighter006 wrote: Really nice workŁĄŁĄŁĄ
AnnieJ wrote: An opportunity to serve. There's the silver lining! Great story!
Gunjan wrote: Its the small things in our lives that we miss upon. But they mean a lot!
Ragira wrote: This morning as it rained in nairobi, i came across a man being wheeled on a the side of the road. Both the aide and the man had no umbrella.

I suspect the weather had changed suddenly for them. I had an umbrell ain my car, pulled infront of them,opened the umbrella and handed it over to them. The man on the chair was in tears. Thank you, thank you so much. I left in tears. Not because i surprised myself, but because there had been hundreds of motorists passing by him. Thank god i saw him

Thank you all for sharing your wonderful stories. It sure lifts up a soul :)
Spoonerism wrote: Great that you and your brother turned around a negative situation into a positive one. I don't know if every wrong turning can offer us an opportunity like this, but it helps us be more observant just in case there is something waiting for us around that corner!
Bluebell wrote: Thank you for your kindness and will to serve others. Only a pure heart would transform "mistake" into an act of kindness. Love and light and endless blessings, bluebell
tonys3 wrote: This past week on long island, we suffered friends of mine, lenny & lois who lost power. We were on the way to a diner for a bite to eat, when a 70ish woman fell from the sidewalk and landed onto the road in front of us. She banged her mouth on the road, and was bleeding.

We stopped and helped the woman from the ground. She was walking to the store for ice, milk, etc. As her house had lost electricity. We drove her back to her house, about 3/4 miles away. We dropped her off and went on our way to the diner.

The woman remained on my mind throughout my meal. I excused myself a few minutes early and walked to the 7/11 a few stores down. I purchased a bag of ice, quart of milk, and a loaf of bread. We got back to lenny & lois's. I said goodbye and drove back to the woman's house.

She almost cried when i knocked on her door, and gave her my purchases. She offered to pay but, i refused i asked her to pay it forward. Turns out she knew a friend of our family. I made a friend that day and felt so good the rest of the day.
couellet wrote: Wonderful. So great to read that your brother was sensitive to the other mans need.

Seems all three of you were blessed that day!
annjav wrote: I, too, like the positive change in your brother who jumped right in to help someone and see the opportunity before him. It is great for us all to hear this positive experience and hope it's paid forward many, many times. Thanks for this great story!

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