A craftsman was asked to paint a boat.
He brought his paint and brushes and began to paint the boat a wonderful bright red, as the owner requested.
While painting, he noticed a small hole in the hull, and quietly repaired it.
When he finished painting, he received his money and left.
The job was finished and payment made.
The next day, the owner of the boat came to the painter and presented him with a big cheque, more than the original fee that had already been paid for the paint job.
The painter was surprised and said “You’ve already paid me for painting the boat Sir!”
“But this is not for the paint job. It’s for repairing the hole in the boat.”
“Ah! But it was such a small service… certainly it’s not worth paying me such a high amount for something so insignificant.”
“My dear friend, you do not understand. Let me explain:
“When I asked you to paint the boat, I forgot to mention the hole.
“When the paint had dried, my kids took the boat and went fishing.
They did not know that there was a hole in the hull.
“When I returned from work and noticed they had taken the boat, I was very worried because of the hole in the hull.
“Can you imagine my relief and joy when I saw them returning from fishing.
Then, I examined the boat and found that you had already repaired the hole.
My Relief was beyond words.
You kind action and professionalism saved the life of my children!
In life … you never know when someone is in need of our help.
Along the way, a good person has “repaired many boat holes” without realising how many lives they have saved.
Remember the power of love, “sharing is caring”
Small actions and pleasantries a difference….