Our conscience is
the measure of the honesty of our selfishness.
Let us listen to it carefully as the foundation
stones for a balanced success are honesty,
character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.
Honesty and integrity are absolutely
essential for success in all areas of life. The
really good news is that anyone can develop them both.
Others tend to look
to us with admiration and they try to emulate us
for it is contagious, like what happened in the
following display of honesty, kindness and more,
by Bobby Puryear.
As the story
goes, Bobby Puryear was stopping by a
drive-through ATM one holiday season when he put
in his card and noticed that there was already
money in the money tray though he had not yet
withdrawn any cash. Suspecting someone left it
behind, he reached down to pick it up, and saw
that he was holding a whopping $500. That was
not an amount to turn our nose up at.
Without a second thought, he wanted the
money to make it back to its owner, so he drove
around to the bank in order to speak to someone.
Inside, he told the teller he had found this
money but the teller would not take it. Instead,
she called the manager.
with a good heart and expect nothing in
return, and you will never be
manager agreed to check who used the ATM right
before him and took his contact information so the
manager could keep him updated.
day, while Puryear was at work, he got a call
from the bank that they had located the owner of
the missing cash. He ended up on a
three-way call with the manager and a
92-year-old woman named Edith.
Edith had taken
out $500 for her monthly rent, which came to
$480. Indeed, that $500 Puryear found made a
world of difference to its owner. She was so
thankful that she wanted to give him the $20
difference she had left after paying rent as a
reward but he empathically said, “Absolutely
As he got off the phone, he got to
thinking that this elderly lady had only $20 to
last her an entire month, that did not seem
right to him. So he called the bank manager
back, and told him to transfer $200 from his
account to her account.
As he was doing so, a co-worker
overheard him. A
co-worker had heard the entire story and felt
moved to give $100 as well. An hour later, he
got another call from the bank manager who told
him that he shared the story with all of the
tellers and they came up with another $300 to go
with the other money for Edith.
Puryear’s thoughtful kindness ended up
setting off a chain of events that no doubt made
this woman’s month, and holiday season much
brighter. The incredible act of kindness was
posted to Facebook and then shared over 177,000
times over, around the world.
today’s world, when everyone seems to only be
looking out for oneself, that even such a small
act like this, resonated with so many people’s
hearts because it was genuine. This was just
something small, but just imagine what kind of
world we have if everybody would just do
something like this to someone every day.
The roots of all goodness lie in
the soil of appreciation for goodness. -
Puryear got in touch with Edith
and invited her for thanksgiving and she started
crying. She said why did he want to be so nice
to her and he said it was just the way he was
raised and that, he would hope that someone
would do that for him if he was in her
result of Puryear kindness a group of people in
Modesto, California, meals on wheels provided
her hot food and constantly checking to
make sure she is doing fine. There are a lot of
people out in our community who need help like
Edith and it is a great opportunity to be able to
We learned about
honesty, integrity and kindness; and that
goodness of character is the best policy and no
legacy is richer when we do it with sincerity.
By Tim Pedrosa
focus on the good in our life, even if it
is just the size of a mustard seed. Size
does not matter where there is love and
dedication. The seed will grow, one day
will be amazed by its magnificent beauty,
beyond our expectation.