Tale of two pay backs-A A +A
Friday, May 18, 2012
THERE are stories that make you smile. There are also stories that bring you tears. And there are stories that inspire you to do what is right. Finally, there are stories that make you ponder and think about life.
Recently, I got two stories from my email sent to me by a friend. You probably heard or read them somewhere. But what is interesting about the tales is that it tells us about pay back. The words of Malcom S. Forbes came to mind while I was reading the stories: "One can pay back the loan of gold, but one lies forever in debt to those who are kind.”
Others consider pay back as sort of a karma. Annie Besant explains, "Belief in karma ought to make the life pure, strong, serene, and glad. Only our own deeds can hinder us; only our own will can fetter us. Once let men recognize this truth, and the hour of their liberation has struck. Nature cannot enslave the soul that by wisdom has gained power and uses both in love."
Now, the first story. Once upon a time, Jonathan was very much in love with Alice. The romantic guy folded 1,000 pieces of paper cranes as a gift to his girl.
Although, at that time Jonathan was just an ordinary employee in the company, his future doesn't seem too bright, they were very happy together. Until one day, Alice told him she was going to United States and will never come back. She also told him that she cannot visualize any future for the both of them, so they went their own ways there and then.
Heartbroken, Jonathan agreed. It took him several months to regain his confidence. He worked hard day and night, slogging his body and mind just to make something out of himself. Finally with all the hard work and the help of friends, Jonathan had set up his own company.
Then, one rainy day, while Jonathan was driving, he saw an elderly couple sharing an umbrella in the rain walking to some destination. Even with the umbrella, they were still drenched. It didn't take him long to realize they were Alice's parents.
With a heart in getting back at them, he drove slowly beside the couple, wanting them to spot him in his luxury sedan. He wanted them to know that he wasn't the same anymore; he had his own company, car, condo, etc. He made it!
But what he saw next confused him, the couple was walking towards a cemetery, and so he got out of his car and followed -- and he saw Alice, a photograph of her smiling sweetly as ever at him from her tombstone and he saw his paper cranes right beside her.
Alice's parents saw him. He asked them why this had happened. They explained, "She never went to the United States at all," the father explained. "She was ill with cancer. She had believed that you will make it someday, but she did not want to be your hindrance. So she decided to leave you."
Jonathan just wept.
The second story happened to a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school. One day, he found himself to have only one peso in his pocket and he was hungry.
The boy decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk.
The little boy drank it slowly, and then asked, "How much do I owe you?" The young woman replied, "You don't owe me anything. My mother has taught us never to accept payment for a kindness."
Before the little boy, he told her: "Then, I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
As Howard -- that's the name of the boy -- left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit. But the experience proved that he must persevere.
Years later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Kelly was called in for the consultation. When the doctor heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.
Immediately, Dr. Kelly rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day, he gave special attention to the case. After a long struggle, the battle was won.
Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all.
Finally, she looked, and something caught her attention on the side as she read these words: "Paid in full with one glass of milk." (Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.
Edith Wharton said it well: "People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead."
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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 18, 2012.