Mark and Wendy’s Excellent Adventure: Pay it forward

Editor’s note: Mark Bradford is contributing occasional posts from his diary on traveling the country with his wife Wendy while they rent out their Mishawaka home for six months.

September 20, 2023  —  Littleton, Colorado

Day 87 of our 190 day sojourn

The coolest thing ever just happened, again.

After a very hectic few days, Wendy and I took today off from “hard experiences.”

But, as per usual, my theory on the mystery of Karma was proven again.

A few days ago. Wendy and I, at random, bought breakfast for a couple. Our cost for them alone was probably about $50. We did it totally random other than something or some unknown spirit told me to pay their bill and Wendy agreed.

So a few days ago, we had a “low tire pressure” warning on our front left tire on a Sunday as we were heading toward Rocky Mountain National Park. We found a 7-11 and pumped our front left tire back up to standard. Then we drove about 120 miles up and down a mountain and somehow the tire remained inflated through all that process. Still, both Wendy and I thought something was amiss.

We arrived back safely last night and decided to take today off. The first thing we did this morning was to make a tire appointment, telling the customer service representative that we did not think anything was wrong but I was willing to pay them $50 just to inflate all my tires back to what they should be and while they did that, please check the front left tire.

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I sat there for about an hour while I waited my turn. The guy who did the work came in and said the front left tire had a bolt in it and that he repaired the tire and there was no charge.

I must have looked shocked because I was. He and the cashier did not know that Wendy and I had paid it forward by buying breakfast for the couple and now, for about the same price, I was getting my tire fixed. For free. It was their policy. I had already offered $50. Their eyes told me they were enjoying the moment as much as I was. I almost tipped them and probably should have but then thought it was not appropriate.

This is just another in  long series of God moments, or Karma, or whatever you prefer to call it. If you do something nice for someone, the world rewards you. This has happened time and time again.

I am not a perfect human being. But as I advance in my years, I am getting a greater understanding about how the spiritual world works. Since I am interested in money, the universe speaks in money terms to me. Wendy, the luckiest person I have ever met (not necessarily in money terms) has received tons of karma but she passes it around in making random people feel important.

I would simply suggest to you that you start thinking about how your investment in the world comes back to you. Then I would suggest you tell other folks about your experience.

It is the coolest thing ever.