Memorials and Remembrances: People Who Helped You and You Didn’t Even Know It


Yesterday was Memorial Day in the US. As we talked about, there have been people the world over throughout the ages who have given their lives so that others can be free.

This got me to thinking….

There are people in all of our lives who have helped us…and we didn’t even know it. Perhaps it was a long-forgotten ancestor who couldn’t accept just barely scratching out a subsistence existence and, instead, lived bigger and bolder than anyone in the family had up until that point. It could have been a friend or acquaintance who shut down someone who was starting to talk maliciously behind our back.

And, there were times when we received help when we really didn’t deserve it.  Perhaps someone gave us the benefit of the doubt or cut us some slack when they should have come down hard on us.  Or maybe it was a shopper left the change from their purchase with the cashier to help someone–you!–behind them who didn’t have enough money for their purchase.

Here are some examples from my own life:

~a manufacturer’s coupon for the very item I needed left on the grocery store shelf;

~change left in the “return change” slot in the public library’s copier;

~my professor giving me a better grade than I’d earned so that I could take the next level class in college;


What are the examples from your life where you received help unexpectedly? Feel free to share in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



PS When you think you don’t have anything to be grateful for, say a thank you anyway to those people who gave you help when you didn’t even know it–or gave you help when you really didn’t deserve it.


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