What Goes Around, Comes Around

I don’t usually talk about things I do to help others but I’m going to make an exception this one time because the most amazing thing happened today that supports a moment in time lesson I shared with my daughter, Shantel, a few weeks ago.

Shantel likes to go to Starbucks to get her favorite drinks in the morning prior to going to school. A few weeks ago I noticed a woman, who appeared to be homeless, just two people ahead of Shantel and I in the Starbucks line. The woman had on an old, dirty coat, dirty bandana tied around her head, she smelled of horrible body odor and was scratching her head constantly. She wasn’t asking anyone for anything but she asked the Starbucks worker if she could have a small “sample” cup of coffee for free, and a small glass of water. The worker acted like she had seen the homeless woman before and agreed to give her a very small sample cup of plain coffee. The homeless woman was very grateful. She took the small sample cup of coffee to the counter and poured at least eight packs of sugar into the cup then filled the cup up with the milk or cream that is on the counter for “paying” customers. I watched this woman while waiting in line for Shantel’s drink to be completed and my heart went out to her. The “paying” customers in Starbucks were staring at the homeless woman and moving away from her and even making comments about how bad she smelled and saying “they” shouldn’t be allowed in here… that broke my heart.

I started looking through my wallet for some money to give the homeless woman when Shantel asked me what I was “digging for”? I told her about the woman and said I was going to give her some money to get something to eat. Shantel said “you’re not supposed to give them money mom, because if they are on drugs they will just use the money you give them for drugs or alcohol…” I said “I don’t care, I can’t just turn my back on this woman because I believe sometimes you need to make a split moment decision to help people who are put in your path”. All I had in my wallet that day was this:

And I decided the homeless woman needed it much more than I did. So I went over to the homeless woman, made eye contact with her and smiled and asked her if I could buy her lunch and handed her the money. Her beautiful brown eyes filled with tears as she took the money and squeezed my hand. I whispered to her that if she went to McDonald’s she would be able to eat twenty times from their dollar menu. She nodded her head, put the money in her coat pocket and left.

A few day’s later Shantel wanted to go to McDonald’s and there was the homeless woman, wearing the same dirty clothes, sitting in a booth all by herself eating one item from the dollar menu…I didn’t say anything to her and I don’t think she saw me but it warmed my heart to see had something to eat. That was a few weeks ago…

Today, Shantel wanted to go back to Starbucks, where I first saw the homeless woman, and get her morning drink. We were the last in line this morning and by the time Shantel got her drink, there were no customers in Starbucks, unusual for the early morning, and the parking lot was empty. As I walked Shantel out of Starbucks and to the car, I noticed something on the ground and this is what I found:

If I had seen someone drop this money I would have run after them but no one was anywhere in sight. As I bent down to pick the money up, Shantel asked what I was doing, and I told her I just found forty-one dollars on the ground. She said “really” and I took the opportunity to remind her about the homeless woman and giving her twenty dollars to get something to eat…I said “Shantel, I believe when you do the right thing, expecting nothing in return, good Karma, blessings etc. always come back to you, and then some… Shantel thought about that and said “well, I guess they do”.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 21:39:10

    I so believe that what goes around, comes around…in so many different ways in life! Thanks for sharing this incredible story! You my dear are so giving, so loving…I’m so honored to be your friend! LOVE you MORE, MORE, MORE!

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  2. Megs
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 22:08:28

    What an awesome story! As I have said before, you are an angel from up above! Xo

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  3. Tracie Blackwell
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 22:18:27

    Perhaps SHE was an angel — if anyone could find one, it would be you!

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  4. Ellen Kaufman
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 22:42:07

    Such a beautifull story. I always think when I see homeless people and look in their eyes I see Christ starring back at me. Too bad there aren’t more Cindy’s in the world. If everyone just reached out like you did how much better we would be and feel. Love you Cindy!!\

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