“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels." ----Hebrews 13:2“ . . . it makes you feel good when you help others. I've been helped by acts of kindness from strangers. That's why we're here, after all, to help others.” ----Carol Burnett
Jennifer Vasilakos was in the right place at the right time. Suffering chronic kidney failure, she was at an intersection collecting donations to undergo a $20,000 stem cell procedure that had the potential to save her life. (She is not a candidate for kidney transplant.) A stranger stopped and asked for directions, which Ms. Vasilakos happily provided. They chatted and she explained her circumstances. The man gave her fifty dollars and drove off. An hour later he returned and introduced himself. He was Ty Warner, billionaire founder of Ty Inc., the Beanie Baby company. And he promised to fund her entire medical procedure.
The article in Yahoo!®News put it this way:
“He was true to his word. Vasilakos, an herbalist and Reiki teacher, received a package on July 16 with a $20,000 check and with a handwritten note from Warner. The note read in part, "Someone up there loves you because I was guided to meet you Saturday. I never lose my way, but fate had me lost and ask you for directions. The rest of the story I hope will be a wonderful new life for you." ”
This story stayed with me as a reminder that we never know who the Universe will send our way. In the case of Ms. Vasilakos and Mr. Warner they will each be blessed to know the outcome of their chance (fated?) meeting. But for most of us, there are possibly hundreds of encounters in a week in which we take part and can never know what domino we’re tapping or what the results will be. We should never underestimate the impact we might have on another person’s day, simply by being kind.
And remember to watch for angels, or your opportunity to be one. The world is in short supply.
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