Would You Do The Right Thing?
I’d like to think that there are good people still in this world and I am one of them. There is nothing wrong with coming in second or third or not at all as long as you play the game right. We fear failure but when we see a way to buck the system we jump on it and for many with no guilt or after-thought.
I can’t say that I’ve stumbled upon anything more than some loose change on the ground in a parking lot but you can bet if I found something that wasn’t mine I’d do my best to get it back to its rightful owner. My luck seems to be finding pets and well, you can bet I’ll be do my best to get them home. So where are all these good people then? There are amongst us and although not everyone wants their good deeds broadcast to the world every so often something spectacular like this happens.
One of those good people, Paul Williams of Sacramento who works at Wal-Mart did the right thing. He was on his way home and ready to catch the bus when he spotted a walled in a shopping cart. He was surprised when he opened it up to find $4000 inside including a cheque for $1000 and no identification. He brought the wallet home and called in to the store to let them know what he had found. That is when a less than hopeful Lynne Andries returned to the store not thinking she would see a penny of her money. To her surprise she received just the opposite, every penny back and a some new friends, Paul and Debra Williams.
It’s stories like these that make my days brighter especially when it is a stranger who simply wants to do the right thing. We watch or listen to the news media every day and most often it is the darkness of the world that garners the most attention. Most often we are more entangled with what’s happening in the lives of the rich and famous and those that are including themselves in the line-up of illegal activity.
I just wanted to show that there are still good people in this world who do the right thing and to let them see it’s ok. – Paul Williams
This is a great example of why we need to slow down and not always multi-task or think of a million things at the same time when we are completing a task, as tempting as it is. Lynn was in a rush and nearly lost the money to put down on her second mortgage had her money not landed in the hands of someone who cared how the person who lost the money would feel.
So, today I ask all of you to slow down a bit and take a look around you. Don’t be in a rush to get where you need to get and take a few extra minutes if you need to so you are on time and not rushing to get the job done.
You can watch the news story here.
Have you ever found money or an item before that didn’t belong to you? How did you handle the situation and how did it turn out?
You know before I let you get on with my weekly reading line-up I must share a treat with all of you. When Erica’s recipes posted her Kahlua Toffee Cheesecake on my Foodie Facebook Page The Free Recipe Depot this week, I knew this was going to be the TOP RECIPE PICK for the week at Canadian Budget Binder. Congratulations Erica, well done with this recipe.
PF weekly reading line-Up
What a great week I had for reading blog posts from my amazing personal finance friends. There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t learn something new. Without continuous improvement and education we let life pass us by.
Take some time out today to read a few or all of these amazing blog posts below. Many of these bloggers I showcase here at CBB because their writing style is one that I connect with and hope you that you will to.
Top story: The Gift of Time- Planting Our Pennies
What a great story of a family that came together to get the job done.Building a house from the ground up, the gardening, preserving, flea markets etc. Times have sure changed but in many ways we still do the same things. My time is valuable to me and to be honest I do think about where I spend my time. I’ve done lots of thinking lately. I can’t think of any one time in my life where time was the best time that I spent as I try to make the most of every day, every event, every memory.
- Pay off your mortgage faster save thousands of dollars– Making Sense of Cents
- 6 Money saving tips that really stink- Eyes on the Dollar
- The duties of an executor: an executors checklist– Retire Happy
- Make money with your garden– Make Money Your Way
- Paying off debt to re-wire your financial mindset- The Frugal Farmer
- July 2013 Dividend Update– My Own Advisor (Mark is well on his way.. check this out!)
- The dreaded insufficient funds– My Alternate Life
- How much should you spend on office clothes?- Mo Money Mo Houses
- Crap I gave up to get out of debt- Staying on budget
- How our pension will change over time – The Brighter Life
- 3 years of blogging from our Canadian friends at Boomer and Echo... check em out!
- 8 things you forgot to be grateful for – Marc and Angel
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