What goes around comes around

by Stephen on October 18, 2008 · 284 comments

in Moral stories

One day a man saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her.

Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn’t look safe; he looked poor and hungry. He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was those chills which only fear can put in you. He said, “I’m here to help you, ma’am. Why don’t you wait in the car where it’s warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson.”

Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt.

As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn’t thank him enough for coming to her aid.

Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped. Bryan never thought twice about being paid. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty, who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way.

He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Bryan added, “And think of me.”

He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.

A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn’t erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan.

After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, but the old lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be. Then she noticed something written on the napkin.

There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: “You don’t owe me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do, do not let this chain of love end with you.” Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard… She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, “Everything’s going to be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson.”

There is an old saying “What goes around comes around.”

Author: Unknown

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{ 284 comments… read them below or add one }

1. Hans — February 9, 2009 at 4:18 am

What a wonderful site you have.
I had time only for a few stories, but I will be back for more, and hope I will make a contribution soon.
My best wishes and thanks to Stephen.
Kind regards to all, Hans

2. Luisa — February 11, 2009 at 4:32 pm

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It really impacted me.

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5. Jenny...♥ — September 26, 2009 at 8:56 pm

omg…great story <3

6. Gift Major — October 14, 2009 at 3:49 pm

I couldn’t help but smile after reading this cute story. Indeed, what we sow is definitely what we end up reaping. I was inspired!

7. Rem — November 28, 2009 at 1:31 am

Great, this story reminds me of a movie i once watched, though this one is much better..

8. Seema Sahani — January 20, 2010 at 9:54 pm

I am speechless, how beautifully author has written the story.

9. Atul Pimpalakr — February 22, 2010 at 1:43 am

Really. I am attached by this story. But even I had experienced this… “WHAT GOES AROUND COMES BACK TO YOU”… so friends please do good things in life, to make your life fruitful… and help whoever needs help.

10. Aundrea — March 25, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you….its the golden rule. If you give without expecting anything in return, it will always come back to you in the end.

11. Fatima — May 3, 2010 at 5:37 am

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12. Vodharpu — May 15, 2010 at 4:02 am

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13. Phokela — June 23, 2010 at 2:31 am

Wonderful heart toucher, and yes indeed what goes around comes around. Thats why for everything that one (1) does there is a destination

14. Just me... mille ^_^ — July 4, 2010 at 4:16 am

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15. Gopi — July 17, 2010 at 1:27 am

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16. Ahor — July 30, 2010 at 3:39 am

Very nice. I wish all of us continue to live up and expand the chain.

17. Donald v b — August 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm

After the tears I was able to just write God is good.

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Just one word

AWESOME!!

20. Ben.D — August 17, 2010 at 10:35 am

Bullshit….

People do good in life and yet nothing good happens to them….

21. Saurabh B. — August 26, 2010 at 7:40 am

Touching, good..

22. Ethan D. — August 30, 2010 at 11:14 pm

WOW! amazing story. well, in my own opinion you don’t actually expect life to be good as you think! but whatever circumstances that you are facing, GOD knows and GOD will provide. and which is more self fulfilling to you? doing “GOOD” deeds or doing “BAD” deeds? have a nice day everyone! i love your site, keep up the good work. =)

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Awesome story!

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26. Rumi — October 7, 2010 at 2:44 am

Indeed a very heart warming story….we need to keep our heart warm if we believe it.

27. Esha — October 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm

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28. Fern Samuels — October 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm

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29. Batool Eid — October 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Great story.. I felt the chills myself.

30. Oddballs — December 7, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Hey… there is a song EXACTLY LIKE THIS STORY! It’s called “Chain of Love” and almost all the details are the same.

31. Harminder — December 17, 2010 at 6:28 am

Great one indeed.

32. Viswanath — January 7, 2011 at 7:54 am

A good example for the chain of love.

33. Chris — February 4, 2011 at 12:15 am

The Story is so Amazing! =)

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41. Don — April 18, 2011 at 11:12 am

Nice story. I actually try to live my life like this.

Btw. Clay Walker sings a song called “Chain of Love”. Thats where this story came from.

42. manali — April 28, 2011 at 3:26 am

GREAT STORY!!!!! hope dis chain of love expands…=))

43. Lipakshi Bhatt — April 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm

My first story which I read in ”Story Telling Compitition”……

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it inspires me to do good things more. Thanks!

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Very touching

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56. Pooja — August 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Great…….as you sow so it will reap is the moral of story……..loved it

57. Kaleigh — August 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm

This is actually a song called “The Chain of Love”… great story line though

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59. Richard — August 29, 2011 at 9:45 am

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61. Jasbir — November 3, 2011 at 1:23 am

Touching story. Well done.

Good luck

62. Ogwo David Emenike — November 12, 2011 at 12:30 am

Doing good to others is like opening a savings account. What goes around will someday come around and may decide to stay around.

63. Yayasweet — November 16, 2011 at 7:33 am

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64. Shahid — November 19, 2011 at 2:17 am

I luv it

65. Lepani — November 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm

This really is a challenging story, and the Word is Truth; “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”

66. V.Bala — November 28, 2011 at 4:04 am

Very touching story! Thanks ! Who is the author?

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70. Pratima — January 8, 2012 at 1:50 am

Great story… now we should not break this chain of love..:)

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Awesome…. :)

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Lovely story and splendid work.

74. Will — January 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm

A great story with quite an whole awesome lot to learn. I just wish it was real but alas!… in the world we live in, that rarely happens but that doens’t mean that good people aren’t out there. Great one guys!

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76. Ikenna — January 24, 2012 at 10:42 am

This is quite a touching story. One good turn deserves another

77. Elijah — January 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm

A very very beautiful story

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79. Maureen — January 25, 2012 at 2:21 am

This is very inspiring and educative. God please help us to always show love anywhere, anytime and anyhow.

80. Adaugo Pearl — January 25, 2012 at 3:39 am

Wow, such a heart warming story, I have made a stronger resolution to do good to others, kudos n more of it.

81. Shamaki Peace N. — January 25, 2012 at 11:51 am

You left me spell-bound by this amazing, well articulated, heart touching story. This love chain won’t break here, I have to pass it on. Thumbs up.

82. Jessy — January 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm

My dear, your story is touching.

83. Nago Namasodo — January 25, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Very interesting story, I’ve learned and will also live to remember.

84. Cosy — January 26, 2012 at 2:02 am

This is beautiful……a very big lesson to the world. Indeed what goes around comes around.

85. Chime Steven — January 26, 2012 at 6:25 am

It’s good to be generous in life! So let’s move ahead in doing good to others, so that others will do the same to us.

86. Franca Alaegbu — January 26, 2012 at 6:53 am

Too good to be a story. I luv it

87. Dabee — January 26, 2012 at 7:04 am

After the tears all I can say is love still remains the greatest… so touching.

88. Bright Olomu — January 26, 2012 at 8:31 am

This is so true, what goes around most definitely comes around. Great story.

89. Amaka Mary — January 26, 2012 at 10:35 am

It has been long I read a story like dis…. what i learned from dis is….be a Blessing to sum body bcos whatever u do, God will surely pay u back through another way whether gud or bad……I LUV DIS STORY.

90. Haleema — January 26, 2012 at 11:37 am

It is a really touching story.

91. Joy Ohams — January 26, 2012 at 11:42 am

I have never been touched this way in my whole life. What a story!

92. Godwin Tommy — January 26, 2012 at 11:59 am

What can I say, they have said it all. It was such a great story.

93. Isaac. A — January 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm

What a story! I love it.

94. Oluwasanmi — January 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm

It’s indeed wonderful to know there are still people out there who know understand how life works. Great job! I love it.

95. Ljy — January 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm

That was great… I was inspired.

96. Stanley — January 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm

My brother, sister, mom, dad, please everybody let’s learn how to be good to others. I LOVE THIS STORY.

97. Jacob John — January 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

What a wonderful story, sure what goes around comes around.

98. Mary Ogedengbebe — January 28, 2012 at 4:25 am

Wow Wonderful story! It’s always good to be kind.

99. Chidinma — January 28, 2012 at 4:29 am

God is Love

100. Chidinma — January 28, 2012 at 4:31 am

This is a good story with lots of lessons to learn.

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