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I’d like to share a story that has a happy ending and one that might even renew your faith in mankind. There are still many good, honest people sharing this world with us. In fact, some live in and near Grundy County. They may be your neighbors, friends, relatives or absolute strangers.
Are you one of the many who literally dreads reading the latest news, listening to it being reported on radio or watching the most recent footage of destruction, dishonesty and tragedy on television? It seems to be a daily expectation for anyone wanting to keep up with current events. The media reports criminal acts and seldom tells of the good, honest people in the world. Unfortunately, stories about acts of kindness might not sell as well as reports of evil and sensationalism.
Recently, I was in Manchester, running around all afternoon in a cold, miserable rain doing errands, the last of which took place at Wal-Mart – typically, our one-stop-shopping destination. I was just too tired to carry a large heavy purse inside such a huge store for that one last errand so I removed a small zippered bag with all my “important stuff” – driver’s license, credit cards, insurance cards, cash, that tiny little plastic thing that has all your computer info on it – in other words, practically my whole life was tucked away in that little bag.
Unfortunately, I momentarily forgot the value of that little bag as I laid it down while washing my hands in the restroom. Feeling cold, damp and exhausted, I rushed out, got into my vehicle, returned to Coalmont and didn’t give it another thought… UNTIL THE PANIC ATTACK BEGAN the next morning precisely when I realized my valuables were missing.
I rushed to my computer, got the number for Wal-Mart and made the call in the midst of all that prayer and panic.
Shamefully, having less faith in mankind than I should, I had no belief that my purse would be recovered. To my surprise, they informed me that my purse had, in fact, been turned in so I rushed down the mountain to retrieve my treasures. Again, I felt sure the cash (which was the least of my concerns at that time) and credit cards would be missing. When I picked up the little bag at the service desk, I was amazed to find EVERYTHING was still inside… even the cash. I was told that a woman had turned in the purse the previous evening but they did not know who she was. I desperately wanted to give her a reward and a big “thank you.” I just hope that, whoever and wherever she is, she is either reading this or, at least, feeling my sincere appreciation for her honesty.
I feel extremely blessed to have retrieved my possessions, saving me an immense amount of time and the trouble of getting them replaced. But, more importantly, I feel blessed to have been given a reminder that people can be very good, very honest and down right heroic. This experience will be a future reminder that everything we read, hear and see is not about people doing wrong but sometimes it’s about the goodness, honesty and thoughtfulness of those who share our lives. So, have faith and take every opportunity to do good deeds for others and to thank those who do them for you. Your reward may not come in the form of cash, but it certainly can buy happiness and help you sleep well at night.