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The Night Fungirl's Attitude Was Adjusted...

Did anyone else see the story about the Oregon man that stood at a gas station all day to buy the patrons that came in a fill up of gas?  He was walking up to people as they were pumping gas and buying their fill ups. When he was asked why he was doing it he explained he had received an inheritance and wanted to do something special with it for all people.   All the man asked was that the persons receiving gas do something nice within their budget for someone else.  I wonder how many of those people will do that?

 

I can tell you a good Samaritan did something like this for me a long time ago.  I was fresh out of college and broke down in a desolate area.  It was cold and rainy and I had no heat to overcome it.  I had stupidly attempted to find a home or business where I could make a phone call (this was before cell phones were available readily) but was unsuccessfully and returned to my car.  A nice truck driver finally came along and although I was a little scared of him I noticed he had a cross hanging from his rear view mirror and this gave me a strange sense of peace.  The man got out and checked my car and determined that the gas gauge on the car was malfunctioning and that I simply was out of gas. He asked me to get in the cab of his truck and again although scared I complied. I figured if he wanted to kill me we were already in the best area for it. He gave me his blanket from his sleeping area and I wrapped up in it.   He then took me up the road several miles to the nearest exit.  There he purchased a gas can and filled it full of gas.  There was a Denny’s restaurant near the gas station so he invited me to breakfast.  We sat there and ate Grand Slams together and talked for a while as he allowed me to dry out from my walk in the rain/ice.  When we left he pulled out a thermos he had purchased evidently at the gas station and went back inside the Denny’s coming out with a thermos of hot chocolate for me.

 

We then made our way back to my car where he told me to sit in the cab while he put the gas in my car.  He got it started and allowed it to warm up before coming back to help me down out of the huge truck.  He instructed me to drive back to the same gas station.  He followed me back to the exit and got out to pump my gas.  He then paid to fill up my car.

 

I know you are all thinking this man had a motive and you are right but get your minds out of the gutter it was a pure intention.  I attempted to pay him for his kindness but he refused any payment.  All the man said to me was that he was a father and that he hoped that if his daughter was ever in this situation in the future that he would hope she would find a man similar to him to help her.  

 

Well I can tell you that there have been many people since then that I have helped although it caused me some delay in my life because of this angel I met.  I still don’t know his name as he refused to give it to me because he said I wasn’t supposed to be in his truck because of insurance regulations.  I was terrified of this man when he came up to me and I was almost snobbish but now I owe this man greatly for what he did for me and I will spend my life helping stranded people because of him.  

 

fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 92 Responses Oct 11, 2008

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That is so beautiful, I got tears in my eyes near the end. What a sweetheart.

It is an inspiring story! I really liked the way he mentioned to you about his daughter. I am sure his whole family will greatly benefit from the gifts of god for the Punya he has earned in the God's account books! <br />
But, again next time you drive into woods, please make sure your fuel gauge is working and you have enough gas.

Nice :) It's Been A LONG Time Since I Heard A Story Like That... It Might Inspire People To Help People In Need, I Know It Did To Me :D

Thanks for your comments.

I love this story!! Thank you for sharing!! Everyone will second guess zooming past cars that are broken down now or atleast I hope they will =)

True... so true cowboy!

I do that as well. I love giving things to others. It feels so good.

Nice story. I hope those who read it take it to heart and do something simular. I was helped at Christmas time once and since then I have tried to help others that time of yr. I bought gifts for a family of 2 children one yr, haven't been able to do that again but I do pick an angel off of the angel tree and try to help as much as I can.

Nice story. I hope those who read it take it to heart and do something simular. I was helped at Christmas time once and since then I have tried to help others that time of yr. I bought gifts for a family of 2 children one yr, haven't been able to do that again but I do pick an angel off of the angel tree and try to help as much as I can.

Nice story. I hope those who read it take it to heart and do something simular. I was helped at Christmas time once and since then I have tried to help others that time of yr. I bought gifts for a family of 2 children one yr, haven't been able to do that again but I do pick an angel off of the angel tree and try to help as much as I can.

Thanks y'all!

Awwww.....Fungirl..... That has got to be one of the most touching things I have read here on EP. It's with tears in my eyes that I confess I NEEDED that tonight. See, that gentleman's good deed is STILL helping others! Moments ago I was writing in my journal, it was 16 years ago today my mother died suddenly, and unexpectedly. I was 36 weeks pregnant. (On November 22,1993 my Holly was born). My baby shower was suppose to be the following evening. It, ofcourse, was post-poned. A week later I had a very scaled-down baby shower. The first gift was wrapped so beautifully. There was no card on the outside of the box. There was one inside. It was from my mother! She had shopped during her lunch hour on the 21st (the morning of Oct 22nd she failed to show up at work). The gift was discovered in the trunk of her car. My daughter had a gift from her grandmother after all!. I am ashamed to say I have been a bit "down" this evening. Thinking how I wish my mother and daughter could have known each other. How different things may have been had she been here the last 16 years. Shame on me! So many people rallied to my side when that happened! SO many people! Some I barely knew. Numerous kind and generous acts just flowed like rivers of comfort. Oh, how could I have forgotten the rainbows that followed that stormy night? Thank you for this timeless lesson and the much needed "shame-on-you" that I needed to hear. I am sure you wondered "was that an angel?" for quite some time. It was.

That was a wonderful story fungirgmmm. There are many examples all around us of this kind of behavior, the problem is that we have been conditioned on fear, indifference and division. Most people in the world desire to live in a world of love and compassion not war and hate and that is the world that is evolving because that is the trajectory of the Human Story. You and others may find the info contained here, (http://chss.montclair.edu/english/furr/spl/thandekawhiting.html) interesting. The history explored there increases our understanding of the roots of fear and division found here in our society. My faith in Humanity has never been broken. My faith in powerful men (and women) has never been strong.

We need more people like you and him in this world.

Thank you for reading it.

That is absolutely heart warming : ) thank you for sharing!

I dial 911 often or call my guy friend if I know he is in the area.

I think that years ago, people were kinder. I would be leary of helping folks today. I would rather dial 911 for them

Awe thanks.

That has renewed my faith in humanity.

Thanks y'all

A very inspiring story! I know this kindness is in allof us to be shared.

I subscribe to the notion that we get back what we put into the world, including the thoughts we put out. So it sounds like what's coming around to you is a helping hand, MontiPora. You might want to change the thought about getting mugged, though.<br />
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At least, that's the way I see it.

You should send this to readers digest. I am sure they could print it for you. <br />
I have played the truckers roll on many occasions. There was the lonely indian hitching back to his home on the reserve, and the married woman who needed some woodworking done, and the newly divorced woman with two kids that needed first and last months rent...and I will probably get mugged one day by one of the hitch-hikers I pick up.<br />
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But all that doesn't matter. We are the world and we are all ONE.

My wife hitchhiked all over western Europe, into Africa and back again. She then came to the U.S. and hitchhiked across the US up to Alaska and back again. She has several stories like yours. My point is that it is not so rare that people are kind and generous, and that is a good thing…DD

If you fill your own cup, you almost can't help but share, because your cup will be overflowing.<br />
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How do we fill our cups? By counting our blessings and practicing gratitude, taking good care of ourselves and taking responsibility for getting our needs met, and by realizing that we are all connected. <br />
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When we do something good for ourselves, it is good for the whole, and when we do something good for others, it is good for us, as well. <br />
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Conversely, if we hurt or ignore ourselves, it diminishes the whole. If we hurt or ignore others, it diminishes us. We can't touch another without being touched. And we can't impact another without being impacted.

thanks flour.

this is a wonderful story and he was a wonderful man!

agreed cc.

There definitely ARE angels among us. May we honor every opportunity we have to be angels for one another.