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When a favor returns many fold

I’m no sure if the following story is true, but what I’m sure about the story is what it conveys. Kindness, favor, generosity never go unrewarded. May be, not immediately, may be not in terms of the favor given but always in measure more than what was given. Throw your bread into the water and after many days you will find it! Be blessed as you read this beautiful story:

The well-dressed couple looked weary and bedraggled as they entered the front door of that rather middle-class hotel in San Francisco. “Do you have a room available?” they asked the desk clerk. “I’m sorry, but we are sold out,” was his apologetic response.

“Do you know of any lodgings that might be available?” they persisted. “We have been looking for hours and all the hotels seem to be full.” “That is because there are several conferences in town this week,” the clerk responded, “and I don’t know of any rooms available.”

Discouraged, they turned to leave. But before they could reach the door, the clerk called them back. Hesitantly, he spoke: “If you don’t mind, I have a possible answer for you. I have a small room here where I sleep. It isn’t much, but you could use it tonight for no charge, and I could sleep on the floor behind the counter when my shift is over.”

Gratefully, the couple accepted the clerk’s offer. In the morning, when they were leaving, the clerk had just risen from his nap on the floor. Seeing him, the couple came over to express their gratitude. “Let me tell you,” the gentleman said, “if we ever open a hotel, you can be sure we will call you to be the manager for us.”

A few years later the clerk received a letter from the couple, asking him to manage the new hotel they had just opened in New York City. The hotel which Mr. and Mrs. John Jakob Astor opened was the world-famous Waldorf-Astoria.

Remember, a good deed is never wasted!


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8 thoughts on “When a favor returns many fold

  1. Beautiful….we reap what we sow 🙂

  2. Any lesson to remind us about the high ideal of hospitality challenges us to act lovingly.

  3. Very cool story. Doing a kindness is rewarding in and of itself, but it is so nice that it was remembered. Thanks for sharing. BTG

  4. Great story and I believe it’s true. A good deed is never wasted. Although I have also experienced the opposite: no good deed goes unpunished. Good deeds involve risk. But the risk is worth it as opposed to not doing good at all. Randy

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