Have you helped someone out recently that you didn’t know? Little things, big things, or just being more considerate than might be expected?
I ask, because I had an opportunity to help someone tonight, and I almost didn’t. I did, and it felt really good.
I was driving home from the gas station, and I saw a car parked by a few closed businesses with it’s hood up. There was a person standing next to it on a cell phone. To me it looked like an older gentleman that probably just needed a jump. I thought about just leaving the guy to deal with it himself, after all he had a phone and there were several gas stations nearby. Besides, I wouldn’t want to offend the guy by offering help if he were that type of guy.
I thought that it couldn’t hurt to at least ask, and if he didn’t need a jump, I might at least be able to give him some informed opinions on what might be wrong (my Dad knows more about cars than most mechanics). So, I drove back there.
Turns out it was a middle aged blond woman wearing a hat. I might need glasses. So, I asked her if she needed a jump and she said she did, but did not have cables. Of course I had them, otherwise i would have looked like an ass. “Need a jump?” Yes. “Got cables” No. “Me neither, good luck!”
She stayed on her phone with her husband, who was trying to call AAA. Why didn’t he just come out and rescue her? I hope he had a good reason.
After the jump was complete, I made sure her car sounded like it was running right. I left the cables on for a couple minutes, revved my engine slightly, and told her to get to an auto parts store ASAP to get her battery checked out. I told her that if the battery was fine, more than likely it was the alternator. She said she hadn’t left the lights on, so I told her that it could happen again without warning, and she should get it looked at very soon.
She was thankful of course. I had already anticipated the possibility that she might try to give me a few bucks for my time, but I would have refused it, I didn’t stop to help in the hopes of getting reimbursement. She did, however, say that she owned the business we were right outside of. It’s called Touch of Gourmet. One of those places where trained cooks help you prepare a meal for final cooking later. She gave me a business card and said I could have a free meal there anytime. They seem to come in servings of 4 persons at the least, so I may never take her up on it.
I just felt really good to have helped this poor lady out. If there can be any selfishness in what I did, it’s me wanting better Karma, but that can’t be a really bad thing can it? The problem was fixed for the time being, both of us left with a slightly better outlook on the way people tend to be, and hopefully her husband was relieved as well.
Sorry for rambling, I just thought I should share how good it feels to help someone out when you don’t have to. Everybody wins.
So, anyone else have a similar story?