A Wallet of an Old Man
--by SmileHiClub, posted Jun 8, 2007
There I was, a sole-parent, walking down the street. The week had been hard and today was full with bill paying and running errangs.
As I walked the street, with my head down deep in thought, I noticed something unusual in the gutter. Moving towards the object, I realised it was a wallet. I picked it up and immediately looked up and around for the first time that day.
The street was bare with only one shop -- Guidedogs for the Blind. Standing there, my first thought was that perhaps someone would return to claim the wallet. But after a while, I realized I needed to be proactive.
I opened the wallet to find a name or some identification. While looking through it, I noticed something like $400, all neatly stacked in fifty dollar notes! I eventually found a name but no phone number or address. My only clue was that this man was a senior and the money was probably his pension for a fortnight.
Armed with a name I walked into the nearby Guidedogs for the Blind Shop.
All alone in the corner was an elderly man with a walking stick, who looked like he had taken a fall. As I approached him, he looked up at me, still a bit shaken, and said, "Hello." I asked him his name and indeed it matched the name in the wallet!
I returned his wallet and his eyes lit up he shook my hand and through tear filled eyes he said, "Thank-you sweetie! Hope you have a nice day today."
I did have a beautiful day. The sky was brilliant blue and I smiled all day to know that I had returned that wallet and helped that man. It doesn't have to cost anything to help someone and it allows you to reap rewards that aren't always material.
It was your lucky day and it did fill two hearts with profound joy and brightness.Add to it the joy of sharing your experience and the light of human kindness shines a bit brighter as it glows in so many hearts.
The next step is to conciously reach out and help,do a good deed or simply avoid hurting someone.
Congratulations and thank you!