The Homeless Man, the JEEP and the Universe…

When our thoughts are aligned to what we can give, instead of what we can leverage. Some pretty amazing things start to happen....

I took my Jeep for a service two weeks ago.

The busy service person told me that considering this would be a major service, the cost would be approximately $800. Considering the miles I do, I half expected a major service to be in this vicinity and I honestly don’t mind paying the price – I need my car to run well and stay under warranty, so I look after it. 

This particular Jeep dealership has a courtesy bus which goes into the heart of town. As this is now probably my 4th visit, I always seem to walk by the same homeless man every time I’m in the area. As I had done previously, I smiled and kept walking but something in me had awakened which I can’t quite explain logically. With hindsight a quantum shift had made itself known. Something inside wanted to give. I decided to put my hand in my pocket a feel for a few notes I knew where in there. I knew i had broken a $50 note, so I had a $20, $10 and $5 note in my pocket with a few coins. Whatever I pull out, I thought, I would give.

Would you believe, I ended up pulled out the $20 note. Yes, the big one.

All of a sudden gust of wind came along that had different plans for my money. The $10 and $5 note came flying out and landed next to the homeless man’s feet. Was the Universe talking to me? Possibly, but I didn’t know it at the time.

I looked at him with an award silence neither of us knowing what to do next. Then it happened. Again. Clarity, humility and gratitude flooded the mind. 

What did $35 really mean to me in the grand scheme of things? Not a great deal. And what did it mean to him? Probably everything. I gave him the full $35. I felt an incredible sense of fulfilment and satisfaction in giving the money. 

I went inside the shopping centre with the few coins I had left in my pocket and had enough together for a ‘another’ coffee, then the phone rang. The car service was completed and ready.

The courtesy bus came and Gus (the driver) and I got into a great conversation about what it meant for me to give and how it made me feel. He listened while I explained about my sense of fulfillment with the homeless man.

We arrived at the Jeep Dealership 10 mins later. Being greeted with a smile, I strolled up to the familiar face which greeted me that morning.

“That’s $338, Sir”.

What? Sorry “I said you must be mistaken, I had the major service done, you mentioned it would be in the vicinity of $800 this morning”.Yes”, he said; “I did say that but the computer is only charging you $338”. “OK?! I said without too much hesitation, here’s my card”.

I now know that when we’re in service to others, the Universe responds with the same to us. “How may I serve you?” Coming from a place of giving always yields much larger rewards we can’t always see or readily find. Offering the homeless man $35 and receiving over a $400 discount on my car service was an experience I won’t soon forget.

The lesson: Stay in the service of others. Regardless of what comes back ( if anything) it’s still a win, win. 

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