On a walking trip up through a little town one spring, a hiker stopped by a small farm house for a drink of cool spring water.
A little girl answered his knock and instead of water bought him a glass of fresh milk.
When he asked her, “How much do I owe you?” She replied, “You don’t owe me anything at all. My mother taught us never to accept anything for doing someone a kindness.”
After a short friendly visit, he went on his way.
Some years later, a young lady went to a hospital as a patient and needed surgery. One of the doctors was called in for the consultation, when he heard the name of the town she came from, he rose and went down the hall of the hospital.
He recognized her at once. The doctor requested the business office to pass her final bill to him for approval. When the bill came to his office, he looked at it, then wrote something on it and sent it to her room.
When her bill was brought into the room, she found across its face was written in a bold hand, “Paid in full with one glass of milk!”
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An act of goodness that you do today, can come back to you or someone that you love when you are not expecting it.
If you do not see this act of goodness returned, at least you will have made a difference in this world.