Paris attacks won’t change human kindness.. Maybe this story will help to brighten your day.

car accidentLast week, I started writing this article.. but just couldn’t find time to finish.. And then, the Paris terrorist attacks happened.  How tragic and senseless.  Well, maybe this article will lift your spirits just a bit.

About a month ago, I had an interesting experience… I was parked downtown… was walking back to my truck and noticed a note on the windshield.    It read, “I hit the front corner of your truck!!  I’m so sorry. You can contact me…  416 123 4567 (I’m blocking out the true number)  Shannon”.

I had a look at the front of my truck and sure enough the bumper had been pushed in.   I’ll admit, my first reaction was anger and bit of self pity… you know, ‘why did this happen to me?’..  That sort of thing.

But then I started to wonder… was this phone number real or did someone just write a note to make it look like they were doing the right thing?    I quickly called that number …  sure enough, Shannon was real.  She answered and was so apologetic.   She felt very bad about what happened.

I quickly stopped her and said, “it’s ok.  Accidents happen all the time.  You did what many others wouldn’t do.  You stepped up and took responsibility.  I’m so thankful that you did.   Honesty and honor are just words to some people.  You are clearly a person of honor.  Thank you for being honest.”

Shannon turned a bad situation into a good experience.  As strange as this sounds, I actually felt pretty good the rest of the day.

Last week, I brought my truck in for the repair.  Shannon was true to her word and paid the autobody shop and also paid for my car rental.

Thank you Shannon…. for showing me there are still good, honest people in this world.. taking responsibility for their actions.    Thank you for making me believe in the human spirit.   I hope I can pay it forward one day.

Hope this brightens your day, just a little.

Your best interest is my only interest.   I reply to all questions and I welcome your comments.  Like this article?  Share with a friend.

Steve Garganis 416 224 0114 steve@mortgagenow.ca

One Response to “Paris attacks won’t change human kindness.. Maybe this story will help to brighten your day.”

  1. Paul D Says:

    Great story Steve. Thanks for sharing. In the many times I’ve been bumped like that never has someone stood up. I think you picked a good time to share a glimmer of hope.


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