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The Chain of Love!

on May 7, 2013

“Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end..”~ Daisaku Ikeda

One day a man saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road, near shimla highway, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Car and got out. His Old Bike was still switched on when he approached her.

Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? What if he was a Thief? He didn’t look safe.. infact he looked poor and hungry. He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was those chills which only fear can put in you. He said, “I’m here to help you, ma’am. Why don’t you wait in a side where it’s slightly warm? By the way, my name is Rajesh Lamba.”

Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. Rajesh crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack..  Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt.
As he was tightening up the tyre’s nuts, she walked near and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from Mumbai and was only a Tourist passing through. She couldn’t thank him enough for coming to her aid.

Rajesh just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped. Rajesh never thought twice about being paid. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty, who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way..

He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Rajesh added, “And think of me.”
He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.

*Few Months Later*

The Old Lady was in Jaipur, for her Business. She had time in hand as she drove to the Hotel for the Meeting, She Felt Hungry and saw a Small Cafe along the way,  She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made it for the meeting. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn’t erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Rajesh.

After the lady finished her meal, she paid Rs. 1000. The waitress quickly went to get change for her as her Bill was only for Rs.260, but the old lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be. Then she noticed something written on the napkin.

There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: “You don’t owe me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: Do not let this chain of love end with you.”
Under the napkin were 10 more Rs.1000 notes.

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard….
She knew how worried her husband was, Working Hard Day in and Day Out and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, “Everything’s going to be all right. I love you, Rajesh…”

There is an old saying “What goes around comes around.”

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“When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.”~ Confucious

*Based on a Small Story i had read when i was young!

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