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Newsletter (December 2013)

Moonlighting - By Karen Ellyard

December 2013

As we move toward Christmas this month I would like to share this story with you – Author unknown. One day a man saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her. Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn’t look safe; he looked poor and hungry. He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was those chills which only fear can put in you. He said, “I’m here to help you, ma’am. Why don’t you wait in the car where it’s warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson.”

Well, all she had was a flat tyre, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tyre. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt.

As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn’t thank him enough for coming to her aid.

Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped. Bryan never thought twice about being paid. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty, who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way.

He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Bryan added, “And think of me.”

He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.

A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn’t erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan.

After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, but the old lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be. Then she noticed something written on the napkin.

There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: “You don’t owe me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do, do not let this chain of love end with you.” Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard… She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, “Everything’s going to be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson.” There is an old saying “What goes around comes around.” I wish you all a Christmas filled with love, joy, peace and kindness.

Love & blessings


“I have never met a person whose greatest need was anything other than real unconditional love. You can find it in a simple act of kindness toward someone who needs help. There is no mistaking love…. It is the common fiber of life, the flame that heats our sole, energizes our spirit and supplies passion to our lives”
~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

take five

Practicing kindness – Being kind to yourself – watch your self talk and ask yourself if you would speak this way to a friend.

Practice self-care, rest when you are tired, eat when you are hungry, stop eating when you are not, and exercise when you can.

Being kind to others – give yourself a 30 day challenge of a random act of kindness each day. If you miss a day go back to the beginning and see the change it makes in us.

Some examples to get you started:

  Put a coin in an expired meter.
  Every time you buy some new clothes give some away.
  Say please and thank you and really mean it.
  Listen with all of your senses.
  Offer to babysit for a single mum.
  Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor.
  Offer your mailman a cold drink if weather is hot or hot drink if weather is cold.
  Let management know when staff serves you well.
  Drop off a toy or game to a hospital or shelter.
  Invite someone who is alone over for dinner.
  Donate blood.
  Mow someone’s lawn who is elderly or sick.
  Give people sincere compliments.
  Listen with purpose to children.
  Be determined to look for the good in people.
  Thank the people you are grateful to.
  Let someone in front of you at the bank or supermarket.
  Hold doors open for others.
  Smile at people.
  Offer help to an elderly or handicapped person struggling with something at the shops.
  Stand up for someone being wrongly treated or bullied.
  Send a card or note to someone going through a hard time.
  Help someone who is lost even if you are in a rush.
  Give up your seat on a crowed train or bus to someone who needs it.

Just to name a few…How many can you think of?…

Karen Ellyard. Spiritual Healer

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