A snowball of love
Yesterday I went to the ATM at my bank to withdraw some cash .When I put my card in ,I realized that someone had left a large amount of cash in the machine. It was $ 500.
I took the money inside and handed it to the manager . The manager asked me, “What do you expect me to do with it ?” I told him to find out who was at the ATM before me so he could return it to that person’s account. I left the bank , satisfied that I had done All that I could .
Today , I received a call from the the bank manager . He had found the owner of the money , and she had a surprise for me . It was 92 years old Edith who had taken out the money to pay her rent. But after she took her receipt , she forgot to take the cash out of the ATM.
Her rent came $480 and so as a thank-you she wanted me to have the the rest. It turned out though, that that $20 was ALL she had for the rest of the month to live on.
So I refused to take it . I couldn’t stop thinking about Edith and her vulnerability , though. How poor she must be , but how generous at the same time!
Finally , I decided to call the bank manager back. I told him to transfer $200 from my account into Edith’s . Another bank employee overheard my request and decided to chip in another $100.
A little while later, I received another phone call from the bank. The staff had pulled together and come up with anther $300 for Edith!
I couldn’t believe it. How wonderful !My one act of honesty inspired an incredible act of generosity from one little old lady and that generosity snowballed into more and more generous donations in return.
It doesn’t matter how much we have to give .However big or small, true generosity always returns positivity to our lives .
Give with your whole self. Love with your whole heart, and your life will be full of happiness.
One small step ,one small act will create a ripple. You may not always see its effect from the middle of the pond. But it’s there.
Drop some love , some laughter , or some kindness into the water, and see what happens -----Inspired.
1.withdraw [wɪðˈdrɔ:] 撤退; 撤走; 拿走; （从银行） 取 （钱）
拓展: withdrew a sheet of notepaper掏出一张便签
2.account英 [əˈkaʊnt] n.账户，账目; 存款; 记述，报告; 理由vi解释; 导致; 报账vt 认为; 把…视作
拓展: on account of 由于因为account for 解释 take …into account 考虑
3.receipt [rɪ'siːt] n. 收据；收条；收到，收入，收益
4.It turned out that…结果
5.vulnerability [ˌvʌlnərə'bɪləti ]n. 易受攻击；弱点，脆弱；[计]漏洞
6.generous ['dʒenərəs] a. 慷慨的；宽宏大量的；丰厚的；丰盛的；味浓的
7.generosity [ˌdʒenə'rɒsəti] n.
8.transfer [træns'fɜː(r)] v/n. 转移；调任；转乘, 换车,转学，转让
9.employee [ɪm'plɔɪiː]雇员 employer雇主
10.overhear [ˌəʊvə'hɪə(r)] v.无意中听到；偷听
11.chip n. 缺口；碎屑；油炸土豆条；薄片；筹码；芯片；（足球）高球；（高尔夫球）近穴球 v. 形成（缺口）；切下；凿下；凑份子；打高球；近穴击球；将（土豆等）切条
12.chip in 插嘴； 捐助
14.come up with想出; 提出; 追赶上; 设法拿出
eg: If Warren can come up with the $15 million, we'll go to London. 如果沃伦能拿出那1500万美元，我们就去伦敦。
15.honesty英 [ˈɒnəsti] n. 正直; 诚实，真诚
16.incredible [ɪnˈkredəbl] 难以置信的; 不可思议的; 惊人的; 未必可能的
17.snowball n.雪球; v.打雪仗; 滚雪球般增
18.donation 英 [dəʊˈneɪʃn] 捐款; 捐赠，赠送; 捐赠物
20.positivity英 [ˌpɒzɪ'tɪvɪtɪ] n. 积极性
21.whole self 全我; 整个我
22.ripple ['rɪp(ə)l]n. 波纹；涟漪；[物] 涟波vi. 起潺潺声