I found a series of short heart-warming stories at Marc and Angel Hack Life. More such stories can be found at Makes Me Think. These are a collection of real life, inspiring, sad or otherwise thought provoking stories sent in by people.
One of the stories that really made me think was this one:
Today, when I opened my store at 5AM there was an envelope sitting on the floor by the door. In the envelope was $600 and a note that said, “Five years ago, I broke into your store at night and stole $300 worth of food. I’m sorry. I was desperate. Here’s the money with 100% interest.” Interestingly, I never reported the incident to the cops because I assumed that whoever stole the food really needed it.
This story made me think that events that happen are sometimes not what they seem on the surface (in this story’s case; it wasn’t a simple robbery driven by greed or malice; rather the person really needed the food). There are deeper meanings to unfortunate or unhappy events that we may discover years later, or may not ever truly know the reasons for. As we go through life, perhaps it’s good to stop and think about why something may be happening in this particular way, or why bad times plague us rather than simply reacting to it with upset and frustration.
There are reasons for everything in life… we just may not know it yet.