Tuesday, April 1, 2014

There's some good in this world...

A young guy, Scott, around 22 hit my car yesterday. My car was just grazed but his had a big dent. He was so nice and was worried I'd freak out on him. But I didn't. And after exchanging info, promising not to call the insurance, I was still a bit agitated for most of the day. He worked at a coffee shop. He was driving his sisters car cause she was in Panama as he certainly couldn't afford his own insurance. He was out looking for an apartment and was looking for the street. Probably a student. But he was nice and so was his friend who was trying to calm him.

Here is where I will confess that I actually slept in. Rolled over when my alarm went off at 6 am and decided to go into work late. I left the house around 9 and the accident happened. What if...

I shouldn't have been on the road at that time. Wouldn't have been in his way as he changed lanes and didn't see me. But, I always look deeper. Perhaps if I had left earlier I would have been in a worse accident. So somehow karma caught up with me on Monday morning.

As we parted ways, I told him hubby would call him later once we figured out the damage. But it bugged me all day and into the evening. At 8 pm I made the decision to tell him we wouldn't ask for any money for repairs. I think we can buff out the spot and maybe touch up a few spots where the paint chipped around the wheel well.

As soon as I made that decision, I was 100% better. Hubby came home at 10 pm and we talked about it. He called the poor young fella and said we would fix it ourselves and to just remember to pass it on sometime in the future. I guess sometimes you just have to let it be. And seriously, if it had been thousands of dollars in damages, I would not have let it pass.

We lived through our kids and car accidents. Nothing serious. Bumps, scratches. And years ago, my kids met those bitches from hell who freaked out. We dealt with it and remembered. One tried to get more work done and blame it on my daughter. The other tried to say it was my son's fault. Lied to the police. Thank goodness my daughter was in the car and was a witness. So we thought, here's someone who in a moment of inattention changed both our days.

I'm not a hero. I'm just someone who feels good when I do a random act of kindness. I've done little things. Paid for the order behind me in the drive thru. Tossed a few coins into the hat of a homeless guy. And let a young guy, maybe realize that there is good in the world.

I love Lord of the Rings and J.R.R. Tolkien did say it best. Or at least Sam said it to Frodo:

THERE'S SOME GOOD LEFT IN THIS WORLD, MR. FRODO AND IT'S WORTH FIGHTING FOR.
There's some good in this world...
I hope this inspires you to do a little pay it forward yourself. It doesn't have to be monetary nor receive thanks. You will feel good.

Sandy


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6 comments:

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Wonderful story! I love random acts of kindness. If we all did a little of that each day, the world would be a better place. I bet that young man sighed with relief.

Connie O said...

I did exactly the same thing, except that I didn't meet the kid in person--he dinged my car in a parking lot and left me a very poorly spelled note. I called him and said I was not going to worry about the ding because the car was an old beater anyway, but I said I wanted to thank him for leaving the note and tell him he did the right thing. I'm sure he was much more careful next time he had to park in a tight space!

Beth Ann said...

I have so much love for you this moment. I feel this way too, but I'm not always successful in my actions. What a wonderful reminder that I should be.

Richard said...

Thanks for a good positive story Sandy, it mades my day!

You are absolutely right, paying forward with kindness is the best way to go.

Sharkbytes said...

Nice story. I got to pay something forward a bit this week too. Smaller, but it would make the world a better place if we could do more of it.

Darlin1 said...

You are the best.....

I too try to live this way....

XO

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