I need to stay off social media. Too many people chopping onions around me, getting my eyes watery and stuff. They play too much. 😐
Anyway, showing up on my timeline was a very jarring (and apparently, not very new. I’m late to the party as always) commercial from our dear friends in Thailand. The three-minute segment starts with a poor Thai boy who was caught in a market place stealing painkillers for his sick mother. As the storekeeper publicly berates him, a nearby street vendor intervenes. The vendor offers to pay the storekeeper for the medicine and calls on his daughter to bring the embarrassed young man some veggie soup to take to his mother. Reluctantly, the young daughter obeys.
The commercial fast forwards 30 years. The same vendor and his still reluctant daughter, much older now, are running a shop when they encounter a homeless man. True to form, the old man gives the homeless guy a bag of food to eat without so much as even batting an eyelash. But inexplicably, the man passes out from an unknown illness and (implied off-screen) hits his head on a table, causing massive head trauma. In the hospital the man’s daughter is handed a bill for 792,000 baht (which I later discovered is about $25000 US dollars). Distraught, the daughter endures the tragic decision to sell their home to cover the medical expenses. One day though, while the daughter is at her father’s bedside, she finds another bill with an updated balance of $0. With that invoice was a note stating “All expenses paid 30 years ago with three packs of painkillers and a bag of veggie soup.” As it becomes clearer through a series of flashbacks, the doctor is the young boy her father kindly helped 30 years ago.
I hope you have some tissue. The pollen count is pretty high right now:
I don’t think this particular commercial is based on a true story. But, then again, how can we ever know? How can any of us ever know how our actions today will impact people and events in the future? I guess my takeaway here would be pretty simple: whenever you have an opportunity to do so, pay it forward. You never know how a simple gesture could change a person’s life. At some point in time, that gesture might even change yours.