Relationships: Key to Success
Ego: Edging God Out

Time to reciprocate

-Karthik Gurumurthy

It's only human nature to want to help those who've helped us. Each of us have a deep-seated hunger to do unto others as they've done onto us. And so I do believe it's true that we get back what we give out. An example.

I just drove 20 minutes out of my way to fill gas. Why would I do that when I have a big list of To Dos and a full schedule for today? Why would I do such an inconvenient thing when convenience suggests that I go to the station 2 minutes away from my home? Answer: I did it because I wanted to return a favor. For someone who was good to me. To a good person.

A few months ago, I noticed I had a flat tire after coming back from work I went to three gas stations - no one could fix my tire quickly - except one. An elderly gentleman in overalls with the name “Andy” stitched over his heart said he'd be happy to help me out of my situation. Offered me a coffee while I waited. Entertained me while he did the repair. He did his work with obvious joy. A leader without a title. People like him inspire me. Make me want to be a better man.

So I've been looking for an opportunity to show my appreciation. It starts today, by giving him my business. And then I'll be sending my friends over. And they'll tell others and so on. Because Andy deserves to win. And I want to reciprocate.


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