I heard a heart warming story this morning and for a moment I thought, “Now that’s a spiritually awake soul. He paid it forward even when he didn’t get paid himself.” A man walked into a low end grocery store, Grocery Outlet, and waited near the checkout aisles. As customers were about to pay their bill, he would step in and pay. He did it to the tune of 600 dollars. Was he a rich man paying forward his good fortune. No. He had recently been laid off and was feeling bad. He thought it would be nice to cheer others up…
Was it a publicity stunt? Who knows and who really cares? He helped a few people and maybe just maybe his caring might have started the ball rolling to bigger and better things in those people’s lives. There have been many times I’ve been in the drive thru line at Starbucks and paid for the car behind. I speed off so as not to even get a wave or honk of thanks. I try to pay it forward because I have been blessed to have what I have. These nice human stories make up for the sadness of all the other things happening in this world… Rarely do you hear of these stories… This too will pass.
After having cut back most of channels I used to receive with Direct TV, I decided to view some of the many programs I had recorded. First up was a 1970’s episode of World at War narrated by Sir Lawrence Olivier. I first watched this series as a teenager to my mothers objections. At that time I hadn’t a clue who or what caused the war but I was a kid who had liked plastic army men and viewed it as cool seeing army men and tanks zooming here and there.
Now forty-five years later I view these episodes in a different light. I Google the names of those having been interviewed for the series. It’s interesting to see who they were and what became of them. Every one of the interviewed have passed away, even those who were very young are no longer with us. I find that simply amazing. These people survived a period in time that was filled with death and suffering but when all was said and done, age did them all in.
It should be noted that not one of those interviewees ever said, “I’ll take war over peace,” Not one of them said, “I won a lot of friends.” World War II was miserable and all those involved in it were happy when it finally ended. There is nothing good about war big or small. It’s only good for a small group of people as the 1970’s War song says. “It’s only good for the undertaker. War what is it good for? Absolutely nothing.. Say it again.. Good God absolutely nothing.” This too will pass.