A Simple Gesture

by Stephen on September 24, 2008 · 46 comments

in Life

Mark was walking home from school one day when he noticed the boy ahead of him had tripped and dropped all of the books he was carrying, along with two sweaters, a baseball bat, a glove and a small tape recorder.

Mark knelt down and helped the boy pick up the scattered articles. Since they were going the same way, he helped to carry part of the burden. As they walked Mark discovered the boy’s name was Bill, that he loved video games, baseball and history, and that he was having lots of trouble with his other subjects and that he had just broken up with his girlfriend.

They arrived at Bill’s home first and Mark was invited in for a Coke and to watch some television. The afternoon passed pleasantly with a few laughs and some shared small talk, then Mark went home. They continued to see each other around school, had lunch together once or twice, then both graduated from junior high school.

They ended up in the same high school where they had brief contacts over the years. Finally the long awaited senior year came and three weeks before graduation, Bill asked Mark if they could talk.

Bill reminded him of the day years ago when they had first met. “Did you ever wonder why I was carrying so many things home that day?” asked Bill.

“You see, I cleaned out my locker because I didn’t want to leave a mess for anyone else. I had stored away some of my mothers sleeping pills and I was going home to commit suicide. But after we spent some time together talking and laughing, I realized that if I had killed myself, I would have missed that time and so many others that might follow. So you see, Mark, when you picked up those books that day, you did a lot more, you saved my life.”

– John W. Schlatter (true story)

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{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

1 A.S May 8, 2009 at 1:41 am

Very nice..Yes a simple thing can change the life…good post.

2 Geetha March 20, 2010 at 6:32 am

After reading this I came to know that coincidences occurs for our luck and it may also save our lives its very good and I liked it very much.

3 Harshal April 27, 2010 at 5:43 am

It is not a good story.

4 Gopal prasad July 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Interesting! This story shows we can find God like person in our bad time.

5 Dominic October 29, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Just great …


6 Cool December 20, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Wow I love true stories like this cause just a small regard/gesture can go a long way. I know a person who was having trouble with somebody at work because she was always in a bad mood and really rude. My friend made herself bite her tongue and she tried to be nice to the other worker. After a few days the worker said she had trouble at home and was stressed out. The worker apologized for being mean. Be nice to people cause you never know what they’re going through! =D

7 Veena December 27, 2010 at 6:25 am

Very nice…..
Anything at anymoment can change our life.

8 Chandra Dasaka December 27, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Very touching. We never know what is in store for us. whenever you look at somebody needing help – please help. It is GOD who gave you the opportunity to help the needy on his behalf.

9 Jonard January 3, 2011 at 10:41 am


10 niraj gupta March 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Very good story.

11 ot April 10, 2011 at 10:40 pm

touching….i love this story……very touching!!

12 tado May 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

lovely story….

13 Mehvish July 2, 2011 at 4:25 am

Simple & touching story, from this we can learn much more things in our life.

14 Mimi August 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Very nice story!

15 Disha August 25, 2011 at 9:25 am

Really touching……………………..awesomeeeeeee……………. simple but inspiring………………..

16 Priyanka Kumari September 9, 2011 at 4:38 am

When we do something nice for others, we didn’t know what we are doing and how much it matters in others life. This is also same with us also……………………

17 Balvir agrawal September 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

Stories are really helpful to me.

18 Vijay October 15, 2011 at 2:07 am

This is nice story. It teaches us good things… I can justify how this nature is design to help us at times of difficulty.

19 Jill November 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I love this story. With so many suicides due to bullying, I wanted to share this with my children. You just never know when your simple good deed will be the best thing in someone else’s life.

20 Jonathan Lkr. November 27, 2011 at 8:01 am

Mr. Mark was the human- angel for Mr. Bill,
I relly like this story
thanks for you priceless contribution.

21 Zakie December 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

Nice story……… negative thoughts always let your mind down. Think positive, life is beautiful…………..

22 Didius December 27, 2011 at 4:59 am

Very touching! I have always known that no act of kindness is ever lost, no matter how small.

23 Raj February 28, 2012 at 1:58 am

Good story…by reading this story i had a feeling if really we do some help that wil comes when u were in trouble

24 haha February 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I felt the may be Bill becomes Bill Gates and Mark becomes Mark Zuckerberg!!! (ignore the age difference)

25 Nani April 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm


26 Karunesh May 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Nice story……. from this story, we can understand the meaning of simple gestures….

27 Ashok kumar June 5, 2012 at 2:48 am

I understand that sometimes life changed the way we r following by small things.

28 sever July 16, 2012 at 12:48 am

Petty things that our life is having along its way should not be rejected because we might not know that these would be the one that could change the huge things that we suffer as we go through with life.

29 Jessica Lim July 25, 2012 at 10:43 am

Really sweet. ^-^ never be mean to others. Always treat people nicely because we never know what are they going through ^-^

30 Jade August 26, 2012 at 2:02 am

So nice, sometime we don’t know that simple thing we did is big things in the heart of other, don’t stop doing even a simple thing to others.

31 Savitha September 12, 2012 at 2:13 am

So sweet story 🙂 So friends are very important in life. Will not be knowing how will get nice friends.

32 Sherab Pelmo October 3, 2012 at 9:24 am


33 Richmond October 22, 2012 at 2:43 am

I like the one who publish it. I want this story.

34 Anonymous October 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Good story.

35 Luis Hernandez November 9, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Woooowwww!!! That story was awesome!!

36 Triet January 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm

This story is so awesome.

37 Ashok March 22, 2013 at 9:31 am


38 Alyssa May 25, 2013 at 9:06 pm

=]]]] I like this story!

39 Engelica September 11, 2013 at 9:10 am

I like this story.. touching peoples heart.. awesome xD

40 Rudylyn grace martinez December 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm

A simple thing we do to others can interup or sometimes change their decisions in life. Truly, this story gives us an motivational factor to be good to individual person always:-))

41 Mike Mbayi March 30, 2014 at 7:56 am

This story has really changed the way I look at things… A SIMPLE GESTURE INDEED

42 Darios June 19, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Great I want to be in touch !!!!!

43 Winston March 21, 2016 at 8:47 am

The act of Mark helping himself out by exercising good will and concern for his fellow man, touched someone else’s life in a BIG way!

44 Tehreem September 12, 2017 at 4:47 am

Wow wonderful i like this story
It is awesomeeèeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

45 judy plunkett November 20, 2017 at 6:58 pm

I love your stories, and I know you have many request to give us more.
Now you have one more request.

46 Chockalingam Muthukumar October 24, 2018 at 7:59 am

We all need to follow this and make similar gestures in our journey of life. H. D. Thoreau says you cannot escape from reward. In that case, we will be automatically be bestowed with simple and good gestures which could make a big difference in our lives.

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