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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

{ 335 comments… add one }
  • Gino Dodge February 5, 2015, 9:29 am

    This is probably a real life story. very touching. am inspired. very creative

  • CjaneFirelily January 23, 2015, 1:46 am

    The story shocked me. It is wonderful! Thank you!

  • Mdu Mthembu December 30, 2014, 9:08 pm

    Tears are rolling down my cheeks, indeed this story is truly inspiring.

  • Sanskruti October 22, 2014, 11:26 pm

    Everybody should learn something good from this story

  • Monday tambu October 4, 2014, 3:21 pm

    This is really inspiring story of love. I like it and I will put in advice for those who innovating this grate motivational story to keep it on.

  • SANDIYA September 11, 2014, 9:47 am

    I couldnt do anything but smile ! Such a lovely story ! Thankq to the people who are behind tis wonderful story !

  • Tony Ram September 5, 2014, 11:29 am

    I am going to use this in my recovery
    class. thanks have a Jesus day

  • Ccmopany 2 September 4, 2014, 4:00 pm

    I fell asleep but it was a cool story after all and it’s true, what goes around comes around. some time or another you will need help to. so its always good to be helpful

  • DAYNE September 4, 2014, 4:00 pm

    SHE SHOulD HAVE kept the money. she got money.

  • Quintin Lerma September 4, 2014, 3:59 pm

    Bryan Anderson was cool for what he did but missed out on a couple of bucks.
    The old lady was kind of dumb for giving away $500 to a waitress but she did need it.
    The waitress needed the money for her and her baby her family.

  • Mr.c company September 4, 2014, 3:59 pm

    This was a pretty cool story bro, this is a very inspirational story and should be a sequel or another follow up to this story. but tis true-what goes around comes around.

  • C-Company goon_2 September 4, 2014, 3:58 pm

    yhis story was great and it is true and this means a lot to people that need help and just to make people fell good.

  • Shane watkins September 4, 2014, 3:54 pm

    That was really nice of him to help the elderly lady. And the better thing is that it started a chain reaction of people who help other people in need. I really like this story.

  • Cesar September 1, 2014, 4:51 am

    You made me cry. What an awesome story

  • Eva August 21, 2014, 6:09 pm

    Pretty awesome……..:-)
    couldn’t help but smile at the end.

  • Gouri July 29, 2014, 12:18 pm

    Very true…. what goes up has to come down….

  • Lakshmy Menon July 22, 2014, 7:11 am

    Wow…… that last sentence.. “Everything’s going to be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson.”… till then i was sad to hear stories of poor lady and pregnant woman..God has recoeds of all that I do….

  • Somya Charan Pahadi June 18, 2014, 9:19 am

    Amazing story! Now everyday I’ll have a new bedtime story for my hostel roomies! #happy

  • Brod Joel May 26, 2014, 5:46 am

    A very great story. I really cried upon reading it. Yes, kindness really reaps kindness. If we have something to be scattered in the world (through chain actions) is kindness like this for others. If the chain will continue, time will come, the world will be filled with love. God bless us all.

  • Wati_cuin April 11, 2014, 2:17 am

    Touch my heart… A good story to share and so it will inspire the others….

  • Positron April 2, 2014, 3:01 am

    Deep thought. It touched me.

  • Rasmi February 3, 2014, 2:40 am

    Wowieeee such a nice story that gave me hope to live my life to get my love back… <3

  • Nido February 2, 2014, 8:44 pm

    Very beautiful story, it made my cry. It impacted alot on me. I love this site, very good collection of stories . I definitely going to visit again and again. Good job.

  • Malika January 30, 2014, 2:53 am

    Thank you so much for this story, it had touched me and made me realize that it’s true what comes around really does.

  • Madhoor January 29, 2014, 12:48 am

    Your site is really full with warm and heart touching stories thanx.

  • Regina January 25, 2014, 10:14 pm

    Touching story

  • Rhea Vanessa M. Reorizo January 24, 2014, 3:41 am

    I really love the story. It makes the hair on my skin stand right after I read what the waitress said to her husband. It’s Bryan Anderson the man who helped the old woman. It’s really inspiring.

  • Caty January 22, 2014, 1:20 pm

    Well thats true when I was very small I saw a little girl who wanted some candy and for my last 25 cents I bought her some, and guess what? In the evening I got a HUGE pizza and a tiny playdate with my friend. Sooooo SHUT UP you people who say it’s not true, IT IS.

  • Cherry January 21, 2014, 9:40 pm

    Gosh such a touching story brought tears to my eyes, life is indeed a circle what goes around comes around.

  • Charu Srivastava January 17, 2014, 6:59 am

    Really it touched my heart…Indeed very true…!!!!

  • Jenn January 2, 2014, 3:47 am

    Wow!! The story has moved me. I did not expect the ending… more stories pls… God Bless..

  • Arifa December 31, 2013, 8:53 pm

    I love you Bryan Anderson ;(

  • Zilkeli December 19, 2013, 1:54 am

    Really I salute this story, a really heart touching one. Let love one another.

  • Samara Dainty December 15, 2013, 2:05 am

    Amazing!!! 🙂

  • Stephen December 9, 2013, 9:46 am

    Hi Sabrina! Yes, please do in any way you like. Take care!

  • Sabrina December 8, 2013, 3:21 am

    Interesting!! May I share this story?

  • Pramod.B.V November 29, 2013, 7:06 am

    This is wonderful story. Not just this story, this site has many of such that.
    I have made practice to tell these stories to my daughter & other kids and I see change in their attitude. Me being in hard time for few years, this site has helped and increased my bond with kids.

  • Gladys Datuin November 24, 2013, 6:12 pm

    This is really my favorite 🙂 I can’t help myself to stop reading this really beautiful story! 🙂

  • Henry November 22, 2013, 9:09 am

    Woooow amazing I love this 🙂

  • Daniel Kabiru November 21, 2013, 3:41 am

    What a nice story! It has changed my life in an instant… from the moment I finished reading it I will never be the same again!

  • Ch'nyah November 12, 2013, 12:24 pm

    Q: What is the difference between a teacher and a train?
    A: The teacher says “Spit out your gum” and the train says “Choo! Choo!”

  • Neon October 19, 2013, 2:44 am

    So beautiful story… Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Daphne October 17, 2013, 4:59 pm

    Couldn’t stop crying at the end of this story and smile. Indeed so… what goes around comes around.

  • Beenish October 6, 2013, 12:55 am

    It’s too nice story……. I like it. 🙂

  • Apele Kapfo September 24, 2013, 2:12 pm

    Nice! Really nice!

  • Saurabh September 16, 2013, 10:40 am

    It made my heart smile 🙂 🙂

  • Henry September 5, 2013, 7:40 am

    I think I am late for this blog….. you are really great…to create this blog… keep it up.

  • Kateniss Jane September 5, 2013, 6:04 am

    Wow…amazing story.

  • Jefferson Cupino September 3, 2013, 2:19 pm

    WOW! I was just got shocked when I read the last part of the story. This story was really awesome! I love reading those stories here at academictips.org. This was so really inspiring! Hope you inspire more people. Godbless

  • Stephen August 27, 2013, 6:16 pm

    A poor little boy with Jesus’s heart. Thank you Dr. Derrick for sharing the experience.

  • Dr. Derrick Angelsz August 27, 2013, 3:02 pm

    Must share

    A few days back I landed at Bombay Airport (India) and was being driven to my scheduled destination somewhere in South Bombay. I was enjoying the busy traffic and people rushing all over in every possible directions my eyes could see.

    At one of the Signals there was quiet a traffic jam and we were stranded exactly at the signal for quiet sometime, as we waited for the signal to turn green my eyes met up with a poor young boy of about 12 year old. He removed a piece of bread from his pocket and took a bite. As he was about to take his next bite a stray dog wagged looking at him, without hesitation he sat down and kept the bread on the road for the dog to eat. The dog smelt it and walked away, the boy waited till he was sure the dog was gone and then he picked up the bread and ate it!

    My heart cried and wanted to walk up to the boy and before I could open the door the signal turned Green and our car drove away. I kept thinking about the boy and later during my evening meal I realized that I was thinking of approaching the boy but never did, I could have stopped the car and walked up to him which again I never did.

    All I did was “Thinking” and this poor boy who had only one piece of bread without thinking readily kept it down for the dog to eat though he himself seemed to be very hungry.

    I learnt one of the biggest lessons of my life which that boy taught me without any conversation. He taught me to share with love and happiness. Am so blessed to have learnt this beautiful lesson from my ‘little unknown master’ It is my moral duty to share this incident with all my friends across the globe and be blessed with happiness.

    Thank you friends for making this world a beautiful place to dwell.

  • Miriambliss August 10, 2013, 12:36 pm

    Yes, in everything that man does, there’s a destination because what goes around comes around.

  • ShahanaAmjath July 25, 2013, 3:33 am

    Really touching…..

  • Srinivasu July 22, 2013, 6:40 am

    One day A Rich Dad took his son on a trip to Village. He wanted to show him how poor someone can be. They spent time on the farm of a poor family.

    Dad asked, “Did you see how poor they are? What did you learn?”

    Son said, “We have one dog, they have four. We have pool, they have river. We have lantern at night, they have stars. We buy foods, they grow theirs. We have walls to protect us, they have friends. We have encyclopedias, they have Bible. Thanks dad for showing me how poor we are”.

    Moral: It’s not about money that make us rich. It’s about simplicity of having God in our Lives.

  • UD July 18, 2013, 6:29 am

    Wow….what a story this is….relay like it..and I learned something from it.. if we do good things, God gives us good things…but if we do bad things God will punish us.

  • Aliya July 13, 2013, 2:24 pm

    Awesome story!! It really touched me and I think everyone who reads it will really be touched!! 🙂

  • Bura July 8, 2013, 6:10 am

    Hey guys keep up the good work and you never know when somebody just reads your story and then decides to completely change the way they think about things….

  • Aminebadra July 6, 2013, 7:01 pm

    The story is very expressive, I like its ending. It has impacted on me very much 🙂 Thanks for the great story.

  • Jockin July 4, 2013, 6:32 am

    A wonderful story which has the power to motivate and self concisious to lead a good life with others around. A new way to live happily and do good and kind work all around the world…

    Many more stories we do expect from you Stephen Sir, Warm Regards : Jockin

  • Reynz July 2, 2013, 6:15 am

    Very nice story! It makes me feel something different every-time I visited this site and it’s also tearing my eyes while reading those beautiful stories… This site is great and I am pretty much sure, it also helps a lot of people.

  • Alyssa May 27, 2013, 6:44 am

    So, the old lady did help Bryan Anderson after all. 🙂 🙂 😀 😀

  • GraceJoy May 25, 2013, 4:51 am

    This story was absolutely wonderful. I gasped at the end with total happiness.

  • Kirti May 19, 2013, 9:17 am

    A wonderful story! Just love it. I was really touched and was all teary after reading it. I wish I get the strength to help ppl I should and I can.

  • Daisy May 16, 2013, 7:39 am

    It’s true.. Lovely story…

  • Daisy May 16, 2013, 7:34 am

    It’s true.. Wonderful lesson for life.. Good job.

  • Manish May 14, 2013, 10:24 am

    I feel good reading the stories, you are doing a wonderful job. Keep it up.

  • Aljean April 30, 2013, 2:06 am

    Awesome!.. It was one of the most touching, inspiring, amazing, and all the “-ing” story .XD.

    Actually I just found this story of yours…, so late. And I think I’m going to love this. Thank for sharing this. You inspired a lot of people:) God bless!

  • Przl April 23, 2013, 5:27 am

    These stories are really helpful. Love them.

  • Chew Bee Keng April 22, 2013, 8:52 am

    This is such a wonderful story. I love it thank you:)

  • Kenny April 2, 2013, 11:09 am

    Am touched.

  • Fred4Christ March 26, 2013, 4:29 pm

    I am deeply inspired by this story so much that I want others to be blessed with it. Hence I will share it with my students in Sunday school and I will also like to include it in my little book so others around the world will get blessed. Thanks and more inspiration from God.

  • Ch March 14, 2013, 7:43 am

    Your site even made me laugh – well done!!!

  • Stalwart March 13, 2013, 4:17 am

    One of the best. Thanks for sharing…

  • Trang Nguyen March 3, 2013, 7:59 am

    Amazing ending! Life should be more like this as there are lots of sufferings. Bravo to the one who has written this story.

  • Steve February 25, 2013, 11:46 am

    This story is so moving. One that will stay with me forever – and I was only looking for the interpretation of ‘what goes around comes around’.

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