When it comes to favors, I’ve always been conscientious about returning the favor with one of equal value, and always directly to the giver. Awhile back, as I was in the process of becoming single again and relocating to Safety Harbor, countless brand new friends came forth and helped, giving me a seamless transition through their generosity; their favors. With diligence, I paid back their kindness offering traditional Safety Harbor currency: wine and/ or a trip to the giver’s restaurant of choice.
But there were times when I could not reciprocate at the appropriate level, and I always felt guilty for my shortcomings.
About five weeks ago, I received a surprise phone call from a childhood friend. ”Amy I just had to track you down and tell you that if it hadn’t been for you, I would never have finished high school.” She went on to relate that she had a learning disability (back when we were in school these weren’t diagnosed), and that I had helped her with her school work from sixth grade through high school. She had gone on to get a Masters in Education and just retired from a successful teaching career.
The favor that spanned a six year period had occurred over fifty years ago. And it was all news to me. While we were kids, I was just doing what friends do for each other … I had no idea of the impact it had from her perspective.
But my friend’s story taught me a lesson in giving and receiving. The Universe does not operate on our system of reciprocity … the Universe does not think in terms of “tit for tat.” When we give from our hearts with no thought of return, our rewards come from unexpected sources; unexpected people.
So, my dear Safety Harbor friends … I’ve tried my best to return all your favors. But if I’ve missed anybody, don’t worry. The Universe will reward you when you least expect it.
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