Generosity is catching

Though not much of a fisherman,I still enjoy just standing by the bay some morning while pretending to fish.Recently,I was surprise to find a large fish on my line,and after working hard not to hook myself there times in a row,I got it into my bucket.An older gentleman,who’d watched me with great amusement,then told me he was too old to fish now.Living by myself,I couldn’t see the point in keeping the fish,so I offered it to him.

“Thank you very much,my wife and I will have it for breakfast,”he said.”But what should I do with the bucket?”Pointing across the street,I said,”I only live there.Return it whenever you can.”The next morning I found my bucket sitting next to the letter box.It was filled with limes,oranges and a note: “Thank you for the fish.My wife and I loved it.Please enjoy these from our backyard.”
It’s fun to give…and sometimes a nice surprise follows.~By:Tom Schermer

One great reason why men practice generosity so little in the world, is, their finding so little there: generosity is catching; and if so many men escape it, it is in a great degree from the same reason that country-men escape the smallpox, because they meet no one to give it to them.


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