Paid In Full…

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I heard this story yesterday evening and after careful research, I found out that the story is true but it has been embellished over the years. Nonetheless, the message inherent in the story is still commendable and I just want to share it with my friends.

Here it goes:

‘One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.
Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so she brought him a large glass of milk.
He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”
“You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.”
He said, “Then I thank you from my heart.”
As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.
Year’s later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.
Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.
Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to the case.
After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room.
She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She began to read the following words:

“Paid in full with one glass of milk”

Signed, Dr. Howard Kelly.

”Kindness is not a gift, it’s a choice.” Sam Adeyemi.

This week, as you go about your daily activities, let love and kindness fill your heart, and you would indeed save a life, maybe it could be your life you’ll be saving. I love you all and do have a fantastic week!

Much love, always!


41 comments on “Paid In Full…

  1. bur911 says:

    Fantastic! I like the story. super like! 🙂

  2. macjam47 says:

    This is a truly beautiful story. Thanks for the post.

  3. I really liked the story! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  4. Indeed a beautiful and heartfelt story. 🙂

  5. Sherri says:

    ‘Paid in full’ – love this. The power of one act of kindness can change so much and save so much – even someone’s very life! Have a blessed week Seyi and thanks so much for sharing this very uplifting and inspirational story 🙂

  6. olaide07 says:

    What a beautiful thing to read early in the morning. Thanks for the post

  7. RoSy says:

    A beautiful story!
    Thanks for sharing it 🙂
    Love & Hugs to you Seyi Sandra!

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  10. Ben Naga says:

    They call it karma
    Those who call themselves Buddhists
    Yet love needs no name

  11. utesmile says:

    Wonderful story, kindness knows no bounderies!

  12. notedinnashville says:

    You sure do know how to choke me up. 🙂 This is a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it.

  13. Al says:

    I would happily [ay in full for one glass of milk like that

  14. I have read this story before, but it’s been a while. I don’t think we can ever read these inspirations too much. Thank you.

  15. Beautiful story with a great conclusion.

  16. A good story. It’s sad that acts of kindness are rare.

  17. sakuraandme says:

    What a beautiful story. 🙂 You can’t help but smile and feel good inside. Kindness makes everyone feel good, right? 🙂 Loved reading this, thank you! Have a great day, hugs Paula xxxx

  18. Makeda says:

    This was so great! Thanks for sharing

  19. gageier says:

    Hallo SEYI eine schöne Geschichte wünsche dir einen schönen Montag Abend und ganz viele liebe Grüße Klaus

  20. TBM says:

    That’s an amazing story. Simple acts of kindness go a long way in life.

  21. KOH  says:

    It’s wonderful~ like it ^^

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