A little story of how gratitude leads to great things... [EN/GER]

in #life2 years ago (edited)

I just want to share a little story with you about something that happened to me a few hours ago:

After I had finished some christmas shopping (yes, a little late :P) in the town, I was returning back to the parkings area where my car (an incredible awful looking old Toyota) was standing. Just as I arrived, I saw a huge BMW X6 arriving and parking.

Since I still had a valid parking ticket that was valid until 27.12, I decided to give it to the new arrivors cause it was of no more use to myself. The first person getting out of the BMW was a woman who was the co-driver. I handed her the ticket, she thanked me, I got into my car and started it. Suddenly, I heard someone knocking on the window - the husband of the woman had stepped up to the car. I opened the window.

"Hey, thanks for giving us the ticket. Take this as a little gratitude and christmas present" was the next thing I heard, while having handed a 10€ bill in my direction. But it just not felt right to take 10€ for something I would have thrown away anyways. So I had an idea.

"Thank you sir, I really appreciate it. However I think there are many people who need the money more than me, please donate it to the next person you meet who is in need of it." was my reply - But his reply was even better.

"Respect, great attitude! I will donate 20€ at the next chance! Have a nice christmas!"

After that, our ways split and I drove home.

That was my story of how a useless parking ticket turned into 20€ for charity in under a minute. I hope you enjoyed reading it, it is real and happened in a little town in Austria a few hours ago. Maybe it can serve as example of how precious a little bit of gratitude can be :)


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Ich möchte eine kurze Geschichte mit euch teilen, die ich vor ein paar Stunden erlebt habe:

Nachdem ich meine Weihnachtseinkäufe (etwas spät, ich weiß :P) in der Stadt erledigt hatte, kehrte ich zum Parkplatz wo mein Auto (ein unglaublich hässlicher alter Toyota) stand. Als ich ankam, war gerade ein riesiger BMW X6 dabei, einzuparken.

Da ich noch ein Parkticket hatte, welches bis zum 27.12 gültig war, habe ich mich entschlossen, dieses den Neuankömmlingen zu geben, da es für mich keinen Nutzen mehr hatte. Die erste Person, die aus dem BMW stieg, war die Beifahrerin. Ich gab ihr das Ticket, sie bedankte sich, ich stieg in mein Auto und startete den Motor. Plötzlich hörte ich, wie jemand am Fenster klopfte - Der Ehemann der Frau war an mein Auto herangetreten. Ich öffnete das Fenster.

"Hallo, danke für das Ticket! Nimm das als kleine Dankbarkeit und sieh es als Weihnachtsgeschenk!" war das nächste was ich hörte, während mir ein 10€ Schein entgegengehalten wurde. Aber es fühlte sich nicht richtig an, Geld für etwas anzunehmen, was ich sowieso Minuten später weggeworfen hätte. Ich hatte eine Idee.

"Dankeschön, sehr nett! Aber ich glaube es gibt viele Leute, die das Geld dringender brauchen als ich, bitte spenden Sie es an die nächste Person in Not die Sie treffen!" war meine Antwort - aber seine war noch besser:

"Respekt, großartige Einstellung! Ich werde bei der nächsten Gelegenheit 20€ spenden. Fröhliche Weihnachten!"

Nach diesen Worten haben sich unsere Wege geteilt.

Das war meine Geschichte, wie aus einem für mich nutzlosen Parkticket eine 20€ Spende wurde - und das innerhalb einer Minute. Ich hoffe ihr habt diese kurze Geschichte genossen, sie ist vor wenigen Stunden in einer kleinen Stadt in Österreich genau so passiert. Vielleicht kann sie als Beispiel dienen, wie wertvoll ein bisschen Dankbarkeit manchmal sein kann :)

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If only half the people in the world could behave like this, the world would be a much better place. We should learn a lesson from this.

Das ist die schönste Weihnachtsgeschichte, die ich dieses Jahr gehört habe.
Ich bin davon überzeugt, dass das Gute, was von uns ausgeht, in irgendeiner Form später zu uns zurückkehrt. Das gilt natürlich auch für deas Schlechte.
Die Buddhisten nennen diesen Prozess "Karma".
Deine Belohnung besteht sicher in weiter steigenden Krypto-Kursen.
Ho ho ho .

That is such a powerful story @theaustrianguy that shows that all you do has effects even the small gestures as saying hey, smiling etc... I'm gonna up my game in giving unconditionally... thank you for the inspiration!! :)
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Sehr inspirierend, zu sehen, wie kleine Gesten eine große Wirkung haben können!
Ich wünsche ein frohes Fest! :)

The world needs more ppl like you!

This is a wonderful job we often did when we did it because we wanted to do it

Wow thanks for sharing this story, always great to hear about some positivity when there is so much of the opporsite online and in the news. New here and just having a look around Steemit, seems like a nice place.

Hey @austrianguy. More blessing to come and as always #payitforward
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year mate

In our time full of hatred, we need people like you :)

That's awesome, Martin! The husband must've been very humbled to offer that sort of money.

Merry Christmas and keep up the great spirit 😀

Nice story man! :)

Great story! It truly is amazing how one little act of kindness can have a big impact on the world around us. It's like a ripple in a pond. One drop can spread a long way in all directions. Nicely done!

Wow amazing! Now I wonder which person will enjoy the 20, and how it will help him/her! You're very grateful!

I wouldn't have had the idea to give the BMW driver the ticket because I would have thought he would refuse. A lot of wealthy people I've seen tend to be arrogant and think that accepting that could be below them.
Awesome idea man and nice vibes you are spreading for the holidays

Hm, I am actually always giving away the ticket if it is valid for a little more time :) Never got a bad reaction once - today was the best though. Doing the same with 24hr-public tickets f.e.!

Maybe you have a superior brand of wealthy people in Austria :)))

Awww, may both of you be blessed @theaustrianguy! You're so kind-hearted, I was touched by your story. Thank you for sharing this. Resteemed.

Very good :) I like what did you do... you showed that money does not control your mind.

Wundervoll - danke fürs teilen! - Es gibt ja zahlreiche Experimente, die zeigen, dass eine kleine Freundlichkeit große Dankbarkeit und Freundlichkeitsketten in Gang setzen können. So wie es aussieht, hast du heute eine solche Kette gestartet.... - resteemed

Was für eine kleine, jedoch berührende Geschichte :)
Toll was aus einer simplen Moment entstehen kann.

Awesome story.

Nice to know that paying it forward is real and it works.

Good job, bro! Have a Merry Christmas!

Great attitude you have there!

It’s good to be generous especially around this date!

Merry Christmas!!

this is an excellent example for many, I wish only gratitude in your actions and gratitude in your hearts, let everything be fine

I never thought about it so much

Love Care Share .... the most important things in life!
Respect that this thought was so in your mind, you act immediately and you make somebody very happy.
Merry Xmas

WOW, wirklich coole Story! Man sieht gut, dass noch immer Hoffnung in der Menschheit besteht, und vor allem zu Weihnachten die Leute wieder gutmütig werden. Mir ist auch aufgefallen, dass vor allem in kleinen Dörfern in Österreich die Menschen oft viel mehr füreinander da sind, als wie in Großstädten, wo man die Gutmütigkeit der Menschen oft aus den Augen verliert! Ich wünsche dir schöne Festtage! :-)

That makes me hopeful for humankind!

I feel that a lot of people have lost gratitude unfortunately. Even I myself have a difficult time with gratitude at times. This was a very inspiring story, and I hope that the chain continues!

This shows how a small selfless act of kindness can escalate into something bigger and better. Thanks for sharing!

Oh ist das schön zu lesen. 😄

Vor ein paar Tage habe ich von einem super netten Bäcker ein weckerl Weg zur Arbeit zusätzlich geschenkt bekommen.
Ich dachte wie nett ist das den?

Kurz darauf habe ich einen Mann und etwas Kleingeld betteln sehen und bin zu ihm rüber.
Er wollte sich etwas zu essen kaufen um das erbettelte.
Ich habe ihm beide weckerl geschenkt. 😊

Kleine Gesten haben manchmal eine große Wirkung. 😃

A wonderful story. I'm glad there are still some people out there who are willing to help others - even on the most stressful day of the year.

That's awesome! Way to spread the charitable and loving spirit of Christmas. We really need more stories like these and for people to live like this on a daily basis. As a society, it feels like we have long been on a slow decline when it comes to "love your neighbor as yourself." It is good to see you demonstrating that and I'm glad something good came out of it. Hopefully that charity and attitude will infect those who receive the donation, and will continue to be passed along.

I love this! With so much negativity in the trending section, thank you so much for spreading a little Christmas cheer!

Gratitude moves in mysterious ways <3

Great story. If we all would do some small good deed every day this Earth would be so amazing

That was inspiring! Thank you for simply sharing.

What a lovely thing to do, both of you x

I salute your benavolent action there. The world surely do need your kind of persons. Nice post. I follow and upvote you.

Ich hab die Geschichte erst jetzt entdeckt, dennoch find ich sie klasse :)
Hast du super gemacht mein Lieber.

@theaustrianguy thank you for having the heart of kindness. You have used it to impact them one way or the other which wont be forgotten. Having the attitude of gratitude really goes a long way to make the heart merry. Its a seeding ground for more good to happen. Its really encouraging to see that there are still people who do not take things for granted and show appreciation. This story indeed has a lesson for all. Be grateful in every little thing, show gratitude

@theaustrianguy
Please im a newbie and will really be delighted to have you go through my blog and see if i'm promising enough to be resteemed. Thank you
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I tried reading it in German but I am grateful that you had the English part because I forgot my German. Nice story and reminder on gratitude!