13 years ago I stopped at
this Petrol Station at Daisy Hill and
put $20 worth of petrol in my old car.
thought I had enough in my bank account,
but when I went to the counter it turned
out I had "insufficient funds". So there
I was stuck, without $20 to my name and
unable to pay my bill.
I had just come
back to Australia from the UK where I
had been pursuing a romance with a
lovely English man. When the
relationship ended I came home
completely heartbroken, with no job and
no money. I was very depressed and was only
kept afloat by the unwavering support of
my beautiful family and friends.
So I was wondering what to do next when a
stranger asked me how much I owed for my
I told her and she smiled and
said "we've all been there", then she
paid for my petrol.
I was so surprised and grateful and
asked for her contact details so that I
could re-pay her. She shook her head and
insisted that I was not to pay her back.
She just said that one day I was to "PAY
So now, 13 years later, I
live just down the road from this very
same Petrol Station.
I drive past it every weekday to take my
daughter to school and I am constantly
reminded of the Random Act of Kindness I
experienced that night.
I was very grateful to that stranger
that night and I'm still grateful to her
as she inspired me to "pay it forward"
as often as I can.
Living with a sense
of gratitude has made my life so
fulfilling, so I am forever grateful to
this random stranger.
As an Ambassador for Joining Hands, we
regularly get to give random acts of
kindness in the form of free wellness
treatments to young vulnerable and
homeless youth. I know what it's like to
receive a random act of kindness and I
know how much these young people
appreciate our random acts of kindness.
I am forever grateful that a complete
stranger showed me how easy it is to
"pay it forward."