One day, in the middle of a sudden downpour, an ordinary-looking old lady entered a department store. She was drenched from head to toe, but none of the staff helped her. A young man greeted her sincerely, “Hello, Madam, how can I help you?” “Oh, thank you, I’m fine. I’m just here to take shelter from the rain. I will leave as soon as the rain stops.” The lady felt embarrassed. She looked around but was clueless about what to buy. The man said, “Madam, you are here just to take shelter, there is no need to feel embarrassed. I will leave a chair at the door. Please, have a rest.”

The rain stopped two hours later. The lady took the young man’s business card and left. A few months later, the young man was asked to attend a business negotiation between the department store and a family business. As it turns out, the old lady he met was none other than the mother of Andrew Carnegie, the US steel magnate. The young man later made rapid advancement in his career. He went on to become Mr Carnegie’s assistant and became one of the most influential people in the US, second only to Mr Carnegie.          

From this story, we learn that we will only progress in life when we are honest. Compassion is essential for personal development. It is these little things that reveal your kindness. If you always perform acts of compassion, then you will become a truly kind person. Love and compassion towards others will make you a compassionate Bodhisattva in the Human Realm.

Inspirational Short Stories: A Random Act of Kindness