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Boost Someone’s Day

Sunday morning began with a light-hearted mood. I decided to order for some Dosa online to enjoy breakfast with a friend.

For those  not familiar, a Dosa is a thin pancake or crepe originating from South India, made from a fermented batter predominantly consisting of lentils and rice.  It is accompanied with Sambar a vegetable soup and tangy Chutney, a savory condiment made from slow-cooked vegetables, vinegar, and spices.

The food package was delivered by an older looking man, unlike most delivery people who are usually younger.

I took the pack and since the order was for cash on delivery, I handed him a currency note and waited for him to return the change. After taking the note he suggested that he left his wallet downstairs on his bike in the parking area. He asked me if he could go down and return with the change.

Since I did not have the required amount in smaller bills, I had a choice. I could take the money back from him and wait for him to first get his wallet from downstairs or show trust by not taking the note back.

I decided to trust.

He took the money and rushed away and for a long time there was no sign of him returning with the change.

‘Your money is gone. I don’t think he’s coming back.’ My friend commented when getting to know that I had handed over a bigger note than the amount due to the food delivery guy.

I stayed silent.                                                                                                                          

Not with any regret or fear but because I was working out something.

I wanted to demonstrate that I trust in people without even knowing them.

For a moment, a thought did come to mind, was I over expecting and being a bit overconfident?

Was I wrong in trying to boost someone’s confidence by demonstrating trust?

Was I going overboard in trying to make someone’s day?

Maybe yes. That thought brought in a little disappointment.

Then after what seemed like a very long gap, the doorbell rang.

It was the delivery guy back with the change.

Before I could say anything, he said, “Thank you” and repeated it a few times as though he felt grateful because of my trust in him.

I gave him a tip, and he left with a happy smile.

‘Surprising! You got the money back, i’m sure if it was me I would never get it back.’ My friend commented.

That’s when I realised that in all probability I could have got cheated too, but the conviction with which I responded was different.

The Spirit with which I am trusting is different.

The Spirit with which I give is different.

The positive responses I receive back cannot be accomplished by a mere thought or desire to encourage someone or just do something noble, it calls for the Love of God to arise from within. It demands a different kind of guts to express yourself without fear or insecurity.

Here I was watching an older delivery man, doing what younger people are doing to make a living, knowing that he may not be fitting in, and still continues, perhaps looking for someone to accept him as he is, for who he is and that was exactly what I was thinking when I let him go with my money at first.

I am convinced, the reason why he came back was to live up to the trust someone placed in him and to do his work ethically and responsibly despite having the opportunity to gain something extra by cheating.

That day, we both accomplished our mission.

We both made each other’s day.

I understood once again, it is when we carry the right Spirit and do things with the appropriate Spirit, we will see positive results.

The next time, when you sense the Spirit of God nudging you to trust someone, to cheer or to bring a smile on someone’s face, be sensitive and quick to discern, get God on your side, get into the right Spirit, then go ahead, boost someone’s day.

Bible Verse:

Encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

1 Thessalonians 5:14


21 comments on “Boost Someone’s Day

  1. Manu
    October 20, 2021

    An excellent reminder Sophia.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. herrychiccounsels
    October 25, 2021

    Wise words and great lesson you shared. 📌
    His spirit in us teaches us the right way and we achieve more when we carry out His leading. 💯

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Jonathan Caswell
    October 28, 2021

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. courageousbeautyblog
    October 28, 2021

    Absolutely beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Deepthy
    October 30, 2021

    That’s a beautiful story – it’s surprising how the smallest changes in perspective can potentially affect our realities. Thank you for sharing your story – trust is hard to come by these days, it’s beautiful to witness it when we least expect it.


  6. C.E.Robinson
    October 30, 2021

    Do the right thing comes from God’s words, too. Your giving heart…gives. Without knowing the result sometimes. Keep the faith. 🙏 Christine

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sophia Lorena Benjamin
      October 31, 2021

      Well Said and thank you so much for taking time to write a comment. It does boost my day too.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Sophia Lorena Benjamin
      November 1, 2021

      Hmm..awesome. I really read that over and over again “without knowing the result” so powerful. It have found it so true in my life that giving always comes back, often without me realising it and always in measures that are so much more than the giving. So yes, giving can be a very powerful tool to receive back in abundance, in Faith. Cheers and blessings to you Christine. Stay in touch.

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      • C.E.Robinson
        November 2, 2021

        Thank you, Sophia. It’s always gratifying to make a connection with a virtual blogger. I’m glad we have become virtual blogger friends. Yes, let’s keep in touch. 📚🎶 Christine

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  7. D. Wallace Peach
    October 31, 2021

    “I am convinced, the reason why he came back was to live up to the trust someone placed in him.” I think that’s so true and powerful. People will live up to or down to our expectations, so it makes sense to expect the best in others. And a lovely way to express your spirit, regardless of the outcome. ❤

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  8. Sirisha
    October 31, 2021


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  9. Eri Tz
    October 31, 2021

    This was a beautiful piece on trust and having faith on other people’s kindness.
    Thank you for sharing!


  10. Mabel Kwong
    November 4, 2021

    Lovely to hear everything turned out okay in the end. You got your food and change and the delivery guy got a tip – kindness does make the world go round. Keep being kind, Sophia.


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