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What goes around comes around

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

{ 338 comments… add one }
  • Ify January 24, 2012, 7:54 am

    It was breathtaking at the end……liked it!! luved it!! enjoyed it!!!!!

  • Will January 23, 2012, 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!

  • Arishe Bola January 23, 2012, 8:00 am

    Lovely story and splendid work.

  • Jyoti January 19, 2012, 5:33 am

    Awesome…. 🙂

  • Shed January 15, 2012, 1:22 am

    I’m Inspired by this little story.. 🙂 Good job ppl

  • Pratima January 8, 2012, 1:50 am

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

  • Chelle0806 December 28, 2011, 8:21 pm

    Galing naman!! 🙂

  • Jeff December 27, 2011, 10:34 am

    Nice story, it’s something that everybody must read. Thanks. Because of this website I was able to share a good story to my friends.

  • Sanju December 7, 2011, 5:21 am

    I like this website a lot. It has good stories. Thanks. Because of this website I got good marks in English.

  • V.Bala November 28, 2011, 4:04 am

    Very touching story! Thanks ! Who is the author?

  • Lepani November 25, 2011, 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.”

  • Shahid November 19, 2011, 2:17 am

    I luv it

  • Yayasweet November 16, 2011, 7:33 am

    Thankz a lot. I’ve put this story in my essay! I wonder how it would be. This is the best inspiring story i’ve ever read.

  • Ogwo David Emenike November 12, 2011, 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.

  • Jasbir November 3, 2011, 1:23 am

    Touching story. Well done.

    Good luck

  • Bharat August 30, 2011, 5:06 am

    Amazing Site.. amazing story..
    I rarely write reviews.. but just to those who really stand out.. are amazing.. I have bookmarked this site since few days back.. and whenever I am feeling bored or down in my office.. I just open this link and start reading these stories.. they really cheer me up and enlighten me 🙂 Awesome Guys..

  • Richard August 29, 2011, 9:45 am

    I really like this story ..It has really touched me ..whatever you do to your friend or anyone else weather good or bad it come’s back to you ..

  • Maine August 26, 2011, 6:45 pm

    Wow !!! it is indeed an amazing story 🙂

  • Kaleigh August 9, 2011, 2:20 pm

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

  • Pooja August 9, 2011, 1:37 pm

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

  • Indu August 8, 2011, 5:23 am

    Great story, amazing one

  • UDIPTA August 5, 2011, 9:21 pm

    wow! this was a wonderful story..

  • Jaydeep August 2, 2011, 4:25 pm

    Really impesed by this story.

  • Sarita July 22, 2011, 6:47 am

    Just awesome

  • Nikki July 13, 2011, 1:43 pm

    Very touching

  • Van July 3, 2011, 11:40 pm

    He’s a great guy! I hope every guy should be like him. He’s so macho with that kind of attitude. Ü

    it inspires me to do good things more. Thanks!

  • Bhuvan Shree Rathour June 28, 2011, 5:12 am

    It’s amazing such a wonderful inspirational work depicting humanity marvelous.

  • Sumaiyya Sardar June 27, 2011, 12:13 pm

    I just had goosebums after reading this story… wow!!!! Awesome!

  • Bhavik June 21, 2011, 11:37 pm

    Very touching.

  • Shilpa June 11, 2011, 12:20 am

    That was a grt one….Wonderful story to explain the moral 🙂

  • Uwem June 6, 2011, 4:47 pm

    Wow! What a story. This one really touched me.

  • Hameksha May 18, 2011, 7:27 am

    It is a beautiful story, with a wonderful moral. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • Lipakshi Bhatt April 29, 2011, 10:33 pm

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

  • manali April 28, 2011, 3:26 am

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

  • Don April 18, 2011, 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.

  • Phumla April 18, 2011, 4:17 am

    I’m in tears ncohhhh I love it. I’m a teacher and I’ll use it for my English lessons.

  • sara April 14, 2011, 2:28 pm

    woooooooww…what a wonderful site u have!!!it’s fantastiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiic.congratulation!

  • Teejay April 10, 2011, 11:24 am

    such a very nice story…i
    love it

  • uma.s April 10, 2011, 8:54 am

    Great story, well, cause and effect conscious helps us to be a better person… at all times.

  • Seshu March 16, 2011, 3:59 am

    Wow really brilliant site this is, all the stories have touched my geart so much that moved me to tears…………. Keep going

  • Jackie February 28, 2011, 8:58 pm

    A beautiful and refreshing story of goodness and love.

  • snesho February 16, 2011, 2:50 pm

    wow wat a sweet story…i didnt expect the climax to be so interesting…!!!

  • Chris February 4, 2011, 12:15 am

    The Story is so Amazing! =)

  • Viswanath January 7, 2011, 7:54 am

    A good example for the chain of love.

  • Harminder December 17, 2010, 6:28 am

    Great one indeed.

  • Oddballs December 7, 2010, 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.

  • Batool Eid October 23, 2010, 4:18 pm

    Great story.. I felt the chills myself.

  • Fern Samuels October 16, 2010, 9:31 pm

    This story was heart felt…. I just want to share it with our young people.

  • Esha October 7, 2010, 3:05 pm

    That was just great.

  • Rumi October 7, 2010, 2:44 am

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

  • Vivek Sharma September 30, 2010, 3:49 am

    Marvelous, thnx 4 such wonderful stories.

  • Rushi September 15, 2010, 10:34 pm

    I love this blog…Very heart warming story! 🙂

  • Cherry September 15, 2010, 4:31 pm

    Awesome story!

  • Ethan D. August 30, 2010, 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. =)

  • Saurabh B. August 26, 2010, 7:40 am

    Touching, good..

  • Ben.D August 17, 2010, 10:35 am


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

  • Aks August 17, 2010, 7:07 am

    Just one word


  • Yean Thoong August 7, 2010, 3:21 am

    OMG~ Nice ONE! XD

  • Donald v b August 1, 2010, 10:18 pm

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

  • Ahor July 30, 2010, 3:39 am

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

  • Gopi July 17, 2010, 1:27 am

    Good work. Great story.

  • Just me... mille ^_^ July 4, 2010, 4:16 am

    Wow… this is one of the greatest story that I’ve read…. it really did amazed me… ^_^

  • Phokela June 23, 2010, 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

  • Vodharpu May 15, 2010, 4:02 am

    Nice one and sounding good…………Do wat you are able to do, and God will help ur good effort. Thnx and Cool.

  • Fatima May 3, 2010, 5:37 am

    Really wonderful story and the end was the most unexpected part.Thanks)

  • Aundrea March 25, 2010, 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.

  • Atul Pimpalakr February 22, 2010, 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.

  • Seema Sahani January 20, 2010, 9:54 pm

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

  • Rem November 28, 2009, 1:31 am

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

  • Gift Major October 14, 2009, 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!

  • Jenny...♥ September 26, 2009, 8:56 pm

    omg…great story <3

  • Meghana N Babu May 5, 2009, 11:40 am

    It just touched my heart and helped me in learning a new lesson and rule for my life to ‘Spread Love’.
    My thanks to all the people behind this wonderful work

  • Kunle February 24, 2009, 2:50 am

    Wow…..this is awesome.
    U guys are doing a good job!

  • Luisa February 11, 2009, 4:32 pm

    I didnt think this story was going to be as great as it is.
    It really impacted me.

  • Hans February 9, 2009, 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

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