A new job and a random act of kindness.

Last Update: June 13, 2018

Hi there,

I've been a bit quiet here over the past few weeks as things have been pretty full on with other life activities... but I wanted to share a wee story with you about my experience with a random act of kindness from a complete stranger.

Recently I applied for and got a part-time job!

I'm super excited and start in just over a week. This leads me to my story. I desperately needed to update my spectacles as the ones I've been using are "$2 shop readers" and, as I've sellotaped them back together so many times to keep them functional, they are simply not a good look for return to a 'corporate' environment.


So, off I trotted to the local optometrist and had my eye check and was duly fitted for a pair of new progressive (bifocal) glasses, though I must admit I choked somewhat on the price as I agreed to the extra 'anti-glare' film and superior performance lenses that the lovely sales lady up sold me before I left. I paid $100 for the eye test and left wondering how on earth I was going to scrape up the remaining $1050 for the glasses which would be arriving in a week.

Oh well... at least my predicament seemed to amuse the two older women who were sitting in the reception area. I smiled at them and went on my way.


A week or so later, after raiding my husband and my travel savings (which left all of about $10 in that account), I went back to pick up my specs. At least we are in a position to squirrel away $30 bucks a week for that illusive holiday - it definitely came in handy for this unexpected expense and I know that there's a lot of people out there who struggle to save anything for a treat, let alone a rainy day!

The receptionist greeted me and when I said who I was she said "Oh yes, we've been expecting you." I just assumed it was because I was a little slow to pick up my glasses.

"There's been a pay it forward on your account, you only have $840 to pay." she smiled.

I must have looked completely confused. "What?... can you say that again? I don't know what you mean... " I was stunned.

"Don't overthink this." she replied. "One of our regular clients was in here and said she wanted to put some money towards your bill... she said she can afford it and she said it was about time she started paying it forward."


My head spun as I handed over my eftpos card and paid the balance of my account, less the $210 that an anonymous stranger had paid on my behalf. You hear about this kind of thing in movies, and it sure as hell never happens to me.

"Oh I feel a bit emotional about this." I said to the receptionist, feeling the tears welling up in my eyes. Fortunately she had good manners to look away while I got my act together.

Of course I asked her to thank my anonymous benefactor, and as I drove home after that incident, I was busy racking my brains about who it could have possibly been... was it one of the women in the reception when I first ordered the glasses? Or was it truly a random act of kindness?


Whoever you are... if you are out there and read this; A heartfelt thank you. I cannot put into words how grateful I am for this gift.

The emotion I felt at receiving this unexpected gift was indescribable... humbling... and will stay with me for a very long time.

I'm also racking my brains about how I can pay this kindness forward to another stranger...


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laurenjean Premium
What a beautiful story, Karen. I am thrilled for you! Tears welled up in my eyes as I read this... And now I'm thinking how marvellous it will be when we are all able to pay it forward like this because I am so keenly aware of how this is our future... How this will be all of us in a few short years.
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kdforsman Premium
Hi LaurenJean - you sound exactly like me - I got super emotional at the thought of a complete stranger doing this for me too!
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AlexEvans Premium
That NZ spec savers up sell gets you everytime, what an excellent heart warming story, that pay it forward mind set is hard to beat, one of the real positives about WA.
A classic is leaving a gift voucher at the checkout of the local supermarket, it can set a thousand waves in motion.
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sharon22 Premium
I love the idea, Alex. Leaving a gift voucher at the checkout counter.
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Druiz77 Premium
Oh Kdforsman, your story is so beautiful, and touching. I just want you to have in mind that things always happen for a reason. I praise the way you see it and how you're ready to continue passing on the blessing. Both your new job and the act of kindness are telling me you are one of a kind human being. I don't know you well but I can tell you're a golden woman.
Thanks for sharing and be you the source of blessing for someone else.
Daniel
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sdawson Premium
There are some GREAT people in this world with us. I love this. twice I have gone through a local drive-through at the DQ and someone in front of me has "paid for my order". The first time this happened - I was shocked, but so pleased. I've found that its quite easy to pay this back to others in the line behind me and make their day also.
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kdforsman Premium
what a cool idea. thank you for sharing !
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Talk2Ray Premium
Wow, what a great story to share Karen. I know you got a blessing out of it. And by sharing it I feel blessed knowing that there are still many people out there who care about others and are willing to help as they see the need. If you just watch the news you become very cynical about humanity, but real life happenings like yours restores hope for us all... Thanks again.
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kdforsman Premium
Absolutely! Thanks for your comment and for reading. Cheers, Karen
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IvyT Premium
Ahhh, that’s lovely! How sweet and kind!

As for your specs, wow, why so expensive? I got a great deal from our local Spec Savers, totes covered by our fund, but it would have been cheap even if paid for in cash. This is in contrast to the ridiculously high quote I got from OPSM, for the same product/service.
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kdforsman Premium
I'm not sure... but this is in NZD? Also we only have one optometrist in town (very small town)... so we don't have the luxury of shopping around?
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IvyT Premium
Captive market, I see! Are you able to send your prescription to an online store for a mail order bargain?
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BranchHomes Premium
Well, you are paying it forward in a powerful way. By sharing your story/experience on this forum is a reminder to all of us that it is through giving that we receive. Thank you for paying it forward by reminding us that, "Those who are happiest are those that do the most for others" -- Booker T. Washington.
Wishing you great success at WA!
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kdforsman Premium
Thank you so much! Cheers, Karen
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KC1953 Premium
Great story and proof positive that what goes around, comes around. I believe the secret to being on the receiving end of something like this is to first be on the giving end. Call it Karma or whatever you like but you definitely get back what you send out...when you need it most.
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kdforsman Premium
Yip. Totally agree with you. Thanks!
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CandP Premium
Karen,this is so wonderful to read. Thank you for posting. It really doesn't matter who it was and you will probably never know, because they are paying it forward for something done for them. You will find the appropriate time to pay it forward yourself. It will come up, you'll see. And you will know.
A tale like this restores our faith in human nature. We so appreciate your sharing.
Colette and Philip
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kdforsman Premium
Hi Colette and Philip - Yes I think you are right. the right opportunity will present itself in time, I'm sure. thanks for reading, cheers, Karen
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MPH6 Premium
Hi Karen,
You obviously have the aura of a good and kind person and whoever paid the $210 for you could see that without even talking with you.
I am certain you have helped others in ways before and will carry on doing.
It doesn't matter whether it's with money, helping someone look for something or even being there for someone when they need you.
It's all paying it forward.
I believe good things happen to good people, so that's why this kind act happened to you.
Don't rack your brains about how you can pay that kindness forward to a stranger, as i'm sure you will pay that kindness forward many times without even realising you're doing it.
Take care,
Michael.
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kdforsman Premium
Thank you Michael - I'm sure the opportunity will arise ... thanks for reading and your kind words! Karen
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NoMo9-5Grind Premium
Thank you for sharing this amazing story with the community!

It just goes to show you how the Lord works in many ways.

Luke 6:38
"Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Wishing you many more blessings ahead =)

-Rob
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kdforsman Premium
Thank you Rob!
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Chrisie1 Premium
That is so sweet of someone to do that for you. Yes, there is still kindness in this world. This made me think of my mother because she really needs glasses too. Her glasses are maybe worse than your old ones at this point.

My mother is a widow and won't let us help her with anything. I wish I could do the same for her. I wish I was as fortunate as that random kind person was to pay for my mother to get some glasses. That is so truly kind of someone to do that for you.

I will you all the best,
Chrisie/ Cooki ;-)
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kdforsman Premium
Hi Cooki, yes, it was a pretty amazing and unexpected gift! thank you for reading. Cheers, Karen
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Juliako Premium
Great story and good luck with your new job!
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kdforsman Premium
Thank you - I'm excited and a little nervous all at the same time - but really looking forward to getting back into it. Cheers, Karen
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verazhelvis Premium
What a nice story! Thank you so much for sharing...
And good luck with your new job of course...:)
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kdforsman Premium
Thank you Vera! :)
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verazhelvis Premium
:)
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Memorylaneuk Premium
I just love the pay it forward concept but you never really expect it to happen to yourself. You will find a way to pay it forward someday too I am sure. The opportunity will arrive unexpectedly.
However that’s an awful lot to have to pay for glasses. I’ve been conned before with the expense of glasses for a stigmatism which another eye consultant told me I didn’t have or need !
For now I buy cheap reading glasses that serve me well.
With Grace and Gratitude
Karen
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kdforsman Premium
Hi Karen.... I know exactly what you mean! I'm still trying to get used to my new glasses - they are quite different being bifocal... and I'm looking longingly at my $2 shop pair... they have served me well!
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Steven-A Premium
great story and good luck with the new job my friend
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kdforsman Premium
Thanks Steven... it will keep the wolves from the door as I continue to work on my online business on the side! Best wishes, Karen
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bigrog44 Premium
Thanks for sharing, Karen.
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kdforsman Premium
Thanks for reading BigRog!
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bigrog44 Premium
No problem, Karen.
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Karen,

Do you not think that these type of happenings give back faith in humanity, I do think so. Very nice it happened to you. Good you do, will come back one way or the other. All the best on your new job.

Greetings from the south of Spain
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kdforsman Premium
Hi Taetske, Yes, I completely agree and this is why it was so touching - things like this really do give you faith in humanity. Best wishes, Karen
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IsabellaFT7 Premium
That is a beautiful story! I hope you will be just as blessed to pay it forward as you were when receiving. That is the best part too! God bless and good luck in your new job!
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kdforsman Premium
Thank you for the well wishes :) I'm looking forward to starting the job... and yes, I agree, I'm looking forward to being able to pay it forward. Cheers, Karen
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Fleeky Premium
❤️Love calls for love❤️
Good luck you...
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kdforsman Premium
Thank you!!
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