Gratitude for a Found Pocketbook

This afternoon I met woman so filled with gratitude, she was almost crying. We were in our local supermarket shopping today when I found a big black pocket book sitting on the shelf. Looking around, it did not appear to be that anyone was without one. Oh, what to do, what to do!

Gratitude-PocketbookI brought it up to the customer service desk asking if anyone was inquiring about it. I had just missed a woman who was frantically looking for it. Another customer in line said she just went outside. Oh, what to do, what to do.

I started to run outside  searching for a pocket book-less woman. As i was going out, I heard an announcement come over the loud system announcing the pocketbook was found an
d to come to the the Service Desk to claim it. At this point, I am hoping that the store has speakers outside for this woman to hear about her discovered pocketbook. Oh, what to do, what to do.

I had no luck finding anyone outside who was looking all haphazard as if she had lost her prized possessions. I went back to the Customer Service desk to let them know that I could not find anyone. As I was walking there, a disheveled woman whose face was full of worry was eagerly rushing to the Customer Service Desk.

Sure enough, it was the woman who lost her pocketbook! She was so happy and excited and grateful that her pocketbook was found. She was just about in tears. Although she wanted to offer me some money, I did not accept it. I was happy that I was able to reunite her with her treasures! When I would not accept a reward, I was promised that she would pray for me. That was good enough for me.

As I started to walk away, she reached into her purse and pushed a card into my hand and told me to take it. She was shopping for a Super Bowl party next week and handed me a lottery ticket. I accepted the ticket and expressed my gratitude for it.

I knew the card was a winner. When you do something good, you get rewarded. I had no idea what it would be, but I could feel it. When I scratched off all the spaces, sure enough, I won. Not only did I win, but my amount was doubled. While I won’t be able to retire on this amount, I am grateful for winning.

I feel good that I was able to help someone today.

Be Well.
The Gratitude Guru


  1. Michele Scism on January 30, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    You are so awesome Paul! It is amazing some times how God puts the right person in our path. Her pocket book could have fallen so easily in the wrong hands but instead you found it. Congratulations on the winning ticket! Michele

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  3. Lynn Brown on January 31, 2011 at 1:41 am

    I really enjoyed how you wrote this story. I generally ‘scan’ posts, but you caught my attention and I love happy endings! We need more people like you Paul and you deserved to be rewarded, no matter how big or small ….

  4. Melissa Smith on January 31, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I always read your “burst” first when I open my email in the morning and today I was especially glad I did. We are fortunate to have people like you walking among us. Having been in that woman’s situation and NOT having someone like you find my purse, I can appreciate how grateful she was. If only we could multiply you similar to the movie Multiplicity with Michael Keaton. However, in your case only the good would be tripled, quadrupled……….

  5. Laurence Hansen on January 31, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Great story, Paul.

    With or without a lottery ticket, helping someone in distress is a winning move.



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