About three years ago, I was headed home. It was late & I was a few hundred feet from my exit when an accident happened right in front of me. It involved a SUV and two tractor trailers. The SUV swerved and careened into the concrete divider which caused the air bags to deploy. I looked in the rearview mirror and noticed the passenger in the SUV was ok & climbing out. So, I proceeded on because I was tired & close to home, besides, I noticed another car had stopped to help. My spirit tugged at me, so I stopped & I literally backed up on the shoulder of the highway.
When I got to the SUV, an Asian woman was climbing out and before I asked if she was ok I thought, "I wonder if she would've stopped for me had I been in an accident-at night, on the highway?" That thought became, "I'll do for her what I would want someone to do for me."
After the police came I gave her my information & told her I would be a witness if she needed one. A few days later, an insurance company called for my statement. A few more days passed & I got a call from the woman's husband. He left a voice message asking that I call him back so he could thank me. I dismissed the message and decided against returning the call because I didn't need a "thank you". I simply did what my spirit led me to do.
Two or three days lapsed and her husband called again. He left another message, so I returned his call. When he picked up I told him I was the witness to his wife’s accident. He re-emphasized that he wanted to personally thank me for stopping for his wife because she was nervous & scared and I had been a great comfort to her. He went on to say, "if there's anything I can do to repay you, do not hesitate to call. When we got off the phone I remember thinking, "hell I got a couple bills you can pay." I was struggling & needed all the help I could get, but that would've been real...well, you get the idea.
I waited a day to process the best response before I called him. When I finally called, I told him that my request would probably be a shot in the dark. I told him that I owned a greeting card business and wanted to rebuild & market the internet portion. I asked if he had any contacts or resources in web development. He said, "I'm at a web development conference as we speak." He said, "I'm willing to consult you, free of charge, because you helped my wife.” He continued, “I think the first thing you need to do is write a business plan. We'll meet whenever you can until it's done, even if we have to meet virtually. When it's done I'll get it to some angel investors..."
We met for an entire year until it was done...
The lesson, give WITHOUT expectation of receiving & it always comes back. It may not come back the way you gave it or from whom you gave it, but it ALWAYS comes back.
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