If you’ve ever lost your wallet, then you’ve possibly experienced that sickening feeling of panic. Unpleasant emotions often surface when we allow our fears and anguish to consume us in such a situation. That’s why I like these true stories; they offer a brighter outlook.
Two weeks ago in Asheville, NC, my sister, while searching for bargains at a church rummage sale, stumbled upon an abandoned wallet on the grass. She discovered not only was there a woman’s ID inside, but the billfold was chock-full of money, as if someone had just cashed a hard-earned paycheck. She took it to an assistant minister, who quickly phoned the wallet’s owner.
Within 15 minutes, a single mother and her two young children arrived to claim the possession. Crying, the grateful lady thanked my sister for finding and returning it safely to her. My sister responded, “Well, it could easily had been me who’d lost mine. And, I’d hope that someone else would want to help me as well.”
Meanwhile, also two weeks ago, in Japan, a close friend and three others were traveling by rail on vacation. After getting off at a stop, he realized that he’d left his wallet onboard. Initially, he was troubled, as cash, IDs, credit cards and a few treasured photos were all tucked inside the wallet. Checking with a station attendant, he found out that the train’s final destination for the evening was the next city down the tracks, which was where he was already planning to be the next day. When he arrived the following afternoon at the next location’s train station, he asked an official if a wallet had been turned in. And, it had: A woman who was part of the locomotive’s nighttime cleaning crew found the wallet with all of its contents and gave it to authorities.
Needless to say, the rest of my friend’s vacation in the Far East was one of relaxation and gratitude. The Land of the Rising Sun had shined on his misfortune.
We hear countless stories where these type of scenarios end up differently. But, when people place value on honesty and a belief in mankind, like in the cases of these returned wallets, it should make us all pay attention.
Love and light,