There’s a saying that I’m sure most of you have heard of (or have grown up with) and that is to “pay it forward”. The simple act of helping somebody out with a little random act of kindness. But one woman was going to be in for quite a shock when she helped out an unlikely stranger.
Helping out a stranger doesn’t have to be a big task. It could be some spare change for a coffee, helping somebody cross the road or even just smiling and asking how their day is going.
Ruth Reed from Medford, New Jersey doesn’t see “paying it forward” as a chore, she thinks it’s a simple way of life that we can all adapt to. Ruth is a very generous lady and she’s made a habit out of helping others.
For three years, I have made a resolution to once a week treat someone at WAWA. Occasionally, it happens more than once a week.
Ruth Reed, a substitute teacher, thinks that paying it forward will help make the world a better place
But it was a chance encounter with somebody unexpected that definitely made her good deeds worthwhile. On August 3rd, Ruth stood in line behind a man who couldn’t pay for his shopping at her local WAWA.
This man was short a few dollars, (and) he asked a lady with him if she had money, I jumped in and said I would pay and explained why. He thanked me and asked my name. I asked him his, and he told me it was Keith.
The man named Keith was struggling to get his credit card to work but he was having some difficulties. Thankfully, Ruth was there to step in and help out.
As she looked at Keith, she thought he looked vaguely familiar to her. Then she chuckled and told him that it was funny he was called Keith because he looked like Keith Urban.
But she didn’t realize that he was Keith Urban!
He told her that he was Keith Urban and at first, she didn’t believe him. But soon the penny dropped to which Ruth felt a little bit embarrassed but Keith found the situation funny.
It goes to show that paying it forward really can make a difference. Who knows, you may even meet a celebrity…
Don’t forget to watch the story of an old lady who paid for Keith Urban’s shopping in the video below. Also, at Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section. 🐝