Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Pay It Forward

Last Sunday evening my family witnessed a motorcyclist falling off his motorbike and got injured. He had blood at the corner of his mouth, and seemed to be in pain.

We pulled over to check on him, while leaving our kids and maid inside the car. We knew the passers-by might think we knock him down. However, we did not have the heart to leave him lying helplessly by the road. We repeatedly asked him whether he wanted to go clinic but he said he wanted to go home. After a while, we realized he might be short of cash. We offered to pay for him and he then agreed to let us drive him to the clinic.

The clinic nurse cleaned his wounds and the doctor gave him a jab & some pills which cost RM98. When we reached his hostel, this young security guard from Sabah who was only 5 years older than my boy thanked us with a “terima kasih” . He did not offer to pay us back and I did not expect that either. Just a month ago, he was knocked down by a car but that driver just sped off! HOW I DESPISE SUCH IRRESPONSIBLE DRIVER!

Many years ago my girlfriend and I were helped by a kindhearted Pakcik when our motorbike broke down at night. He helped us to fix the spark plug and that enabled us to go back to our hostel safely. I was forever grateful to that unsung hero.

Being a young student at that time, the only thing I could do was kept thanking him for his help. Now, I'm glad that young motorcyclist gave me a chance to help him. I hope one day he'll also "pay it forward" by lending a helping hand to others in need.

6 comments:

Sunny-Cookie said...

The world is a better place because of kind souls like you :)

citiding said...

Good deed,indeed.

薰衣草夫人 said...

助人不求回报,必有福报.

YuinTing said...

Hi Sunny-Cookie,
Being able to help someone makes life more meaningful and fulfilling. I know I have not done enough yet... my little girl asked me to BUY A NEW BIKE for that motorist. Kids have hearts of gold! ha! ha!

Mr. citiding,
"The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life"
Being parent, I have to set good example for my kids, yet at the same time I also reminded them to judge the situation before helping. At times, it may be a robber in disguise...

夫人,
記得我兒子小時后曾說不喜歡自己的姓氏(施),因為他的同學們故意把”施“說成”死“。直到有日他告訴我道德課本里有這麼一句話 - “施比受更有福” 。自此之后他就改觀了。

pakmat said...

..we are always paying it forward, lady..one day someone will render help to your children or grandchildren, for the good deed tht you have done..

YuinTing said...

Hi Pakmat, I'm the believer of "paying it forward". Best of all, it comes with an instant reward - sense of fulfillment :-)

Oh ya, who knows maybe that young man we helped is the grandson of the Pakcik who helped me before?! It's great to "pay it forward"!