Once a friend, who is a successful pediatric Doctor was sharing an effective memory of his.
I was coming out of a bank very happy because I had just deposited a great amount of money out of my hard work.
In those days, there were no cell phones to make a phone call while you were out, you had to use public phones.
I didn’t have any change so I decided to get some change from the guy who had a little shop on the street. A not-so big cloth was spread on the ground with some batteries, and other small things.
I really didn’t need any of those things so I approached him and said: “Sorry, can I get some change please, I need to make a phone call,” and showed him my bill.
He smiled and gave me a coin from a separate jar and said: “No need to pay me, these coins are here for people who need to make a phone call. Just say ‘God bless.’”
Then I saw some other people taking coins from his jar and saying “God bless” and then going to the phone booth.
I asked the battery seller: “How much do you make to be able to donate this much money every day?!!”
He smiled and said: “I make $200 or more, and everyday I put $50 in the change jar. I’ve seen many people who’ve had to make a phone call and didn’t have change, so I decided to make this donation and help others this way. I make good money. I have enough to help others.”
I was so ashamed. I was embarrassed. This guy was making a little money and was donating one forth of it every single day, and I was making a fortune and had never done anything good for others.
I had to do something. His pure soul changed me.
From that day on I asked my in-need patients to pay me with a “God bless”.
What a great feeling and what a happy life I have had since.
GOD BLESS you my friend for teaching me how rich you were and how poor I was.