Today I had occasion to be reminded of the general goodness in people.

For a few weeks I’ve been looking online for a couple parts that I needed to replace on our furnace. Now this isn’t a really new furnace so finding replacement parts has been a challenge.

The other day while I was looking online once again, I came across a company in Owosso, MI, about 30 minutes from my home that showed on their website that they had both of the items I was looking for. Just about every other site had one or the other and wanted $10-$15 shipping each. I called this place today, to check and see if the items were in stock, which they thankfully were. I even decided to take a 1/2 hour off from work so that I could get their well before they closed.

Well I got their and they did have my parts. I took the old items in the store so that we could visually compare them as well. I’m riding home, really pleased that I found the parts. All is well until———————–(insert record scratch). Once I get home I’m unloading the car and no motor. I’ve got the other part, but NO motor. WTF. I call the company and ask the guy that answers the phone if I left the box with the motor on the counter. After looking around he tells me that I in fact did. I figure I’ll take another road trip tomorrow, but he offers another suggestion. He says he is leaving work and can meet me at a bank parking lot about 5 miles from my home as opposed to the 70 miles round trip to the store. He says it would be no trouble and is right near his house. We work out the details and I head to the bank. Right about the time he says he should be there, he pulls up. He hands me the motor and I offer to give him a $5 spot for his troubles. He refuses vehemently so I figure I toss the bill in his lap and walk away smiling and thanking him. He grabs the money and insists that it wasn’t any trouble, especially since he had to stop by the ATM anyway. All I can say is “WOW”.

Obviously that guy didn’t have to go to so much trouble. He could have just told me it would be there waiting for me the next day. As I said earlier, this reminds me of the general goodness in people. Too many times in the world, people only focus on the bad that people do. Sometimes it is good to focus on the good. I didn’t get his name; but I am truly grateful for his kindness and generosity.

It’s always good to be reminded of “The general and genuine goodness in people.”

Take care of each other,

Jeffrey Washington

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