How A Simple Good Deed Can Go a Long Way

One word to describe myself? Normal – I think. Well that is how I would have described myself before my life changing event happened.

I remember it like it was yesterday, even though it was about 4 years ago now. I was walking down the road on my way to do some grocery shopping. I got to the traffic lights and was waiting to cross the road when I saw an old lady pushing a trolley full of her own shopping coming my way. On any other day I would have thought nothing of it and continued on my way to the shops, minding my own business.

However when I looked again I noticed she was really struggling with that trolley. The poor women, she might not make it home I thought. So I asked if she needed a hand. She was both happy and surprised that someone had asked her, and thankfully said “oh yes please my dear”. I asked her where she was going and she explained that she only lived about 100 meters down the road.

I said “leave it to me, I will push this home for you” knowing that I was doing my good dead for the day. Of course I was not expecting anything in return. I was simply doing it out of the goodness of my heart. Plus I could only imagine hearing on the news later that night that a women had died from a heart attack while pushing her shopping home! If that happened I couldn’t live with myself knowing that I had passed her by without offering to help.

We had a great chat on the way to her home and she was so warm and friendly. When I reached her home I just started grabbing the bags and walking inside. It just felt like the right thing to do. Once the shopping was unpacked she offered me a cold drink, and I accepted. After all she was so friendly and it would be rude to decline.

The woman told me about her life and how she was had been living in the area for so many years. Come to think about it I don’t think I had ever seen her, but I was only new to the area and I don’t get out much. The time flew by as we talked and then I politely excused myself so I could do my own shopping. Luckily I had no other commitments that day so was not late for anything.

Little did I know that by offering such a simple deed would blossom into an ongoing friendship. The women while noticeably old, had a great sense of humour and was great to talk to. Her husband had passed away a couple of years ago and they never had any kids. She spoke about how she had lived an amazing life however felt that she was at the end of her time.

Unfortunately she passed away just 1 year ago, 3 years after we had met. We often had weekly catch ups where I would pop over to her place for a cuppa and I would help her with her large shops too. Little did I know that she would leave me as the sole beneficiary to her estate. And little did I know that she had hundreds of thousands tucked away in saving accounts. Why wasn’t she spending the money and travelling the world as she told me she once did? I have no idea. She did not disclose her wealth or give it away that she was loaded. Maybe she just wanted to live a simple life in the end of her time, who knows. Maybe it was just the age.

But yep, that day will forever be remembered as the day that changed my life. Not the day when she passed and I inherited her wealth. No way. I lost a good friend that day. The day that changed my life was the day I offered to do a good deed for a complete stranger. What blossomed was an everlasting friendship that I reminded of in more ways that money can buy.

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