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“It is impossible to build one’s own happiness on the unhappiness of others.” – Daisaku Ikeda


Recently I did a short & sweet writing about realizing what a helping hand could mean to someone even when you’re not prepared to be a part of that hand. Not long after writing those words, I found myself in a similar position as my family member as I exited my car to see my left front tire flat. The tire had been recently replaced and saw no signs of puncture wounds that would cause me to be stuck at a gas station.

Thankfully for me, a man gassing up his car went out of his way to take me to my house so I could grab my floor jack and change my tire without having to fight with my car jack that probably wouldn’t fit underneath my car that’s incredibly low to the ground on inflated tires. As I switched tires and prepared to potentially get the flat fixed where I got it a month ago, I couldn’t help but think that there are times when you get exactly what you’ve given out.

Though I did what almost anyone would do by helping a family member, my willingness to help when I necessarily didn’t feel like it came back to help me when I was in a pinch. Or maybe it was something else I did that allowed things to work out so well. No matter if you believe in God, karma or the kindness of human nature, the truth is whatever you give out will return to you eventually. Show love and kindness to others and it’ll come back to you, and vice versa. I truly believe if we remember that previous sentence the world will operate in a more peaceful and genuine way.

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