“You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lip.”
~~ Oliver Goldsmith
You know I hear a lot of talk about how horrible mankind is, how horrible people are. But I don’t know if I can agree with that. Yes, some people were pretty awful. And I am not going to name names because that is putting focus, using energy where I am not going to use it.
But what I see are good people. I see them everywhere.
In all my reading, I have recently discovered some interesting stuff. We are designed to be good to each other. We are designed to tell the truth. That is why the lie detector works. Stress levels rise, sweat flows, breathing speeds up, heart rate goes up….
All things that are not good for our health.
I see goodness everywhere.
For instance, yesterday morning….
I was tired, worn out, and not really ready for a 12-hour shift. I went outside to the break area to do a quick check my cell phone for messages and seeing none, went back inside. A few minutes later a gentleman who had been out there came up to me holding out a twenty dollar bill. “Is this yours?” he asked.
I was startled. Yes. It was mine. It was folded just the way I had folded it and stuffed into my pocket the night before. When I pulled myself phone out it must have scooped the twenty out as well and dumped it on the ground. I had been too tired and blurry-eyed to notice.
“Y-yes!” I said, and then told him how much it meant to me that he brought it to me and how I could hardly believe it and that it was all the cash I had until payday and I would have really been upset if I had lost it.
He told me that he knew it hadn’t been there before I came out and that I must have dropped it.
I thanked him and thanked him.
Then he said something else. He told me that he brought it to me because he thought it was mine and he wasn’t totally sure if he would have tried to chase anyone else down. And that if he had just seen it laying there and he hadn’t seen me at all, he would have just decided that, “Hey. I was just given a twenty.”
It shaped my whole day. It was all I could do not to cry from the kindness and unselfishness of what he did.
I believe that people are basically good. I really do. I know it in fact.
Some of us have just forgotten how.
So that is why I try and be the best man I can be. Leading by example….
Thank you Universe! I am so grateful that there are good and honest people. Thank you for putting them in my life!