From the ‘Pay It Forward’ files, comes a story out of Boston guaranteed to grow hearts everywhere to post-conversion Grinch sizes.
This random drive-by act of kindness took place this past Tuesday night. A couple presumed to be mother and daughter were dining together, when a phone call to the younger woman interrupted the meal. Tears flowed at their table in the aftermath of the call. As the waiter reported later on Reddit:
“I had no idea what happened until a single guy at the table next to them handed me this note with his bill. Faith in humanity, restored.”
The note implies that the diners’ emotional reaction to the call was due to receiving news of a serious medical diagnosis. The friendly stranger took matters into his own wallet and paid the couple’s tab anonymously, as all truly charitable deeds should be.
Beloved childhood icon Willy Wonka said, long before he became a snarky internet meme,
“So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
Our world overflows with weariness and trouble, and no doubt, our faith in humanity often takes the punishment it deserves. That is why we love these kinds of stories. These deeds are simple, quiet acts of compassion that honor human dignity and worth. Let their simple virtue and ease of execution be an example to us. If you choose to forward this story, make a promise to yourself to emulate it in some way as soon as a situation permits.
Be your own restorer of faith in ourselves.