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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 }
  • Jewel ify February 25, 2013, 10:28 am

    If only this was really applicable to real life. I have severally sowed good, done good deeds to people but always keep receiving bad deeds from people.

    Have seen several people who does bad things to people and still end up enjoying life to the full, ‘what goes around comes around’ is it really true?

  • Bankole February 23, 2013, 3:12 am

    I like your stories! They are so touching! Really, we don’t need to have so much before we can be a friend in need. There are lots of things we can give– time, talent and treasure. Keep the ball rolling!

  • Himanshu February 20, 2013, 9:37 am

    Awesome story, it was 🙁

  • Tekla February 20, 2013, 5:08 am

    What a wonderful world to live when everybody gets to pay it forward;)

  • Srijan Tiwari February 10, 2013, 1:30 pm

    It is really a good story <3
    liked it

  • Lasse February 8, 2013, 8:15 pm

    Yes, love the story. Thanks 🙂

  • Priyanka February 7, 2013, 7:22 am

    Great site. Great job. Keep going. Making people think at-least for few moments. Congrats:):):)……….

  • Vinz February 1, 2013, 12:21 pm

    Man this story got me thinking what’s gona happen next. Very nice ending… awesome!!!

  • Willy Anne January 27, 2013, 11:05 pm

    Great story. The last part surprised me and I learned a lot from it.

  • Marion January 25, 2013, 3:48 am

    …poignant story… 🙂
    …I found myself smiling after reading it… <3

  • Aye Chan Aung January 22, 2013, 10:21 pm

    Really an inspiring story which can prove that virtue has its own rewards:) Thanks for the wonderful story:)

  • Gloria January 19, 2013, 10:26 am

    A story that helps us reflect on life and how it gets back. A very touching story.

  • Jasmer (Sandy) January 10, 2013, 9:53 pm

    Wow…. what a great story I ever read. It touched my soul, so next feelng will always apply in mind to help others… Salute to all helpers…..

  • Huzaifa January 5, 2013, 6:45 am

    Awesome.. truly inspiring…

  • Sreenath January 2, 2013, 4:38 am

    I changed my attitude more because of this story….!

  • Joseph Khwatsana December 30, 2012, 1:32 pm

    What goes around comes around indeed…that was a really touchy story, gave me a new look at giving and receiving help.

  • Tigist December 28, 2012, 4:55 am

    Wow, early morning and u made my day. What a heart felt inspirational story.


  • Abyb December 25, 2012, 7:32 pm

    This story is awesome… I like it.

  • Stephen December 8, 2012, 7:43 am

    I live my life the same way, great story and one I will pass on 🙂

  • Queen Arfa November 30, 2012, 1:32 am

    Helping is the key to success 🙂

  • Nico November 19, 2012, 9:39 pm

    I am very pleased. This story made me smile, because it makes so much sense. Alot of stories might be touching, but never have they made so much sense!

  • William November 13, 2012, 5:33 pm

    “Pay it Forward” is one, if not “the” favorite film of all time for me.

    @20.Ben, I hear what you are saying that when you scatter seeds not all seeds will produce fruit. However, just as inevitable is the fact that some will bear fruit. If we only seek conformation of the negative, little suprise then that the negative is all we find. I wish you well Ben.

  • Ernest November 9, 2012, 9:57 am

    Wonderful indeed…..motivates to continue with the spirit of giving and loving….May God bless us all with that spirit.

  • Leah November 4, 2012, 11:48 am

    aww :’)

  • Michael Barber October 27, 2012, 8:49 am

    I’m at a cross roads late in life and liken it to a confused sea but, after reading the moral of this story I was deeply touched as it reminded me of my late mother who must have been part of this chain of love. I feel now I must forge a link and keep things going.

  • Tripti October 27, 2012, 5:12 am

    I have read almost all the stories… I visit this site when I feel low, it helps a lot, thank you so much.

  • Limely M. Caballes October 14, 2012, 9:55 pm

    Ohh GOD ! Sooooooooo love this story very much !!!!! It experienced me a goosebumps !

  • Randomchik13 October 12, 2012, 6:10 pm

    “The Chain Of Love” Poem

    He was driving home one evening,
    In his beat up Pontiac
    When an old lady flagged him down,
    Her Mercedes had a flat
    He could see that she was frightened,
    Standing out there in the snow
    ‘Til he said I’m here to help you ma’am,
    By the way my name is Joe

    She said I’m from St. Louis,
    And I’m only passing through
    I must have seen a hundred cars go by,
    This is awful nice of you
    When he changed the tire,
    And closed her trunk
    And was about to drive away,
    She said how much do I owe you
    Here’s what he had to say

    You don’t owe me a thing, I’ve been there too
    Someone once helped me out,
    Just the way I’m helping you
    If you really want to pay me back,
    Here’s what you do
    Don’t let the chain of love end with you

    Well a few miles down the road,
    The lady saw a small cafe
    She went in to grab a bite to eat,
    And then be on her way
    But she couldn’t help but notice,
    How the waitress smiled so sweet
    And how she must’ve been eight months along,
    And dead on her feet

    And though she didn’t know her story,
    And she probably never will
    When the waitress went to get her change,
    From a hundred dollar bill
    The lady slipped right out the door,
    And on a napkin left a note
    There were tears in the waitress’s eyes,
    When she read what she wrote

    You don’t owe me a thing,
    I’ve been there too
    Someone once helped me out,
    Just the way I’m helping you
    If you really want to pay me back,
    Here’s what you do
    Don’t let the chain of love end with you

    That night when she got home from work,
    The waitress climbed into bed
    She was thinkin’ about the money,
    And what the lady’s note had said
    As her husband lay there sleeping,
    She whispered soft and low
    Everything’s gonna be alright, I love you, Joe

    By :: Clay Walker — truly inspirational

  • Krishna Boro October 4, 2012, 12:24 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful story sir.

  • Queen September 30, 2012, 6:09 am

    Everytime you do good to someone, tell that someone to be good also to others like what you did to him/her..



  • Hazel Jumawid September 30, 2012, 6:01 am

    Sooo touching….

  • Pst OAK September 22, 2012, 3:18 am

    Hmmm! Such is life. Your gift of love today can be your saving grace tomorrow.

  • Sippyan September 18, 2012, 11:24 am

    I can recall this story with a portion of my life !!!

  • Mahi September 16, 2012, 10:29 am

    It was really good. It did amaze me and it’s true that life is like a mirror, what you show it shows you so keep doing the good deed.

  • Lyna September 12, 2012, 11:26 pm

    Do good to others..never expect from them..but we can always pray and Expect from HIM…..Nice and touching story.

  • Swarup September 12, 2012, 2:56 am

    Fabulous story and effective story telling. You will not forget easily. Be helpful with out expecting any thing in return. Reward will come when you least expect it. When you helping some body it is God in action.

  • Macmos September 11, 2012, 5:11 am

    I love this story, it’s very inspirational and teaches the need to love and give a helping hand to people even if we don’t know them.

  • Gauri September 7, 2012, 1:47 pm

    That’s true …… I have experienced it. It was a very touching story!!!!

  • Daian September 3, 2012, 2:31 pm

    That’s so touching it made me cry

  • Alan August 31, 2012, 3:52 pm

    Such a wonderful story

  • Smiley August 31, 2012, 10:28 am

    The story is really awesome… I almost have tears after reading it… just say one thing… it’s WOW…

  • Irfan August 30, 2012, 3:33 pm

    Awsome site, Really hearting stories Loving it …

  • Gurnaaz August 29, 2012, 6:06 am

    Very Touching Story. I really believe in having faith in God, What ever u Sow, the same gets reaped.

  • Samn August 24, 2012, 6:40 pm

    Thanks U guys for putting such wonderful stuffs here, God bless U all.

  • Rachana August 22, 2012, 10:38 am

    Heartfelt story……loving…..motivating…..keep up the good wrk guys.

  • Death Bell2000 August 19, 2012, 12:37 pm

    It brings a tear to my eye. I don’t know why…

  • SAMUEL OBILO August 15, 2012, 2:58 am

    Wow my love for it, I hope that can spread to the whole world.

  • Franklin Appiah-hene August 11, 2012, 6:40 am

    Wow! Am speechless…this is great…wow!

  • Anusha August 9, 2012, 6:08 am

    Quite inspiring and thought-provoking.
    It is definitely true that we reap what we sow.
    What goes around definitely does come back around!!!!!

  • Tushar August 7, 2012, 1:11 pm

    Gr8 story… Loved it… Life’s about helping others n being loved….

  • Margaret August 7, 2012, 9:09 am

    This is awesome.

  • Tylo54a August 6, 2012, 1:45 pm

    I really like stories like this, it makes u realize what life is really about.

  • M14 August 5, 2012, 11:58 pm

    At my sleep away camp about 3 years ago, we heard this as a vespers story, and I just randomly stumbled opponent it tonight, and I have been searching for it for ages! There is also a similar song that I am hoping to come across

  • Thirdy Ayala July 26, 2012, 12:13 am

    Good story.

  • Thamaraichelvan July 25, 2012, 4:28 am

    Great story to read. Shows a genuineness in poverty. It also insists that even in scarcity, one should be honest. In that case the God will help him or her without fail. Thanks to author and this website. Keep it up.

  • Anita July 3, 2012, 3:34 pm

    Amazing story..

  • Marsh July 2, 2012, 11:34 pm

    Speechless! Great Story, I never doubt to let this story be my Book Review. 🙂 It is one of the instruments to change the world..

    Love one another as it is written in the Bible. Bless those who know how to love.

  • Uncl Segun June 29, 2012, 5:25 pm

    In fact you guys are doing a great job. Life gives you what you give it.

  • Mohit Limba June 29, 2012, 3:13 am

    Wow..!! very nice story.. it touched my heart ..
    I learned one lesson today– * spread love *

  • Nemer Kassim June 27, 2012, 8:02 pm

    Love it, I never thought it would be that interesting. Keep it up.

  • Hayley June 26, 2012, 3:48 am

    It is a good story. Alot of it is from a song chain of love by clay walker which again is great.

  • Mohd Asim Ansari June 23, 2012, 8:18 pm

    Just want to say “Awsome & Heart Touching”

  • Bheng2 June 20, 2012, 10:55 pm

    ..wow..WOW..very nice story..wow…

  • Eunice June 20, 2012, 6:47 am

    My teacher once told me and my classmates a story of this. Now my teacher is my son’s teacher I tought him this story ’cause he have an assignment of this. What a nice story.

  • Saritha Dominic June 8, 2012, 8:32 am

    Amazing and touching story inspired to the core of my heart.

  • Jimmy June 5, 2012, 12:00 am

    This is a song to, its a little different but its the same. Its called the chain of love…great song

  • Aaron June 2, 2012, 8:09 am

    What a lovely story

  • Anand May 28, 2012, 2:44 pm

    Wonderful !

  • Vasu May 26, 2012, 2:44 am

    It was an awesome story it changed me a lot…

  • pralaya May 24, 2012, 11:02 pm

    I love this story I have like this once which is unforgettable for me!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Yashraj May 21, 2012, 12:50 pm

    So true.. I have experienced it many a times…

  • Vijaya May 21, 2012, 12:44 am

    This is truly a fact of life…though we don’t realise.

  • Geoffrey Byamukama May 20, 2012, 3:08 am

    It is a good idea to have such a website. These experiences will teach us how to live together as one family in the world. Because not all human relations should be economic (commercial).

  • priyanka Khanna May 9, 2012, 2:16 am

    Beautiful story… I always believed in the saying

    “What goes around comes around.”

  • Leo May 8, 2012, 9:14 am

    The story was really good, helped me complete my homework.

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