Monday, August 19, 2013

'R' For: Rewards Of Good Deed

One stormy night many years ago, an elderly man and his wife entered the lobby of a small hotel in Philadelphia, USA. Trying to get out of the rain, the couple approached the front desk hoping to get some shelter for the night.


“Could you possibly give us a room here?” – the husband asked.

The clerk, a friendly man with a winning smile, looked at the couple and explained that there were three conventions in town. “All of our rooms are taken,” the clerk said. “But I can’t send a nice couple like you out into the rain at one o’clock in the morning. Would you perhaps be willing to sleep in my room? It’s not exactly a suite, but it will be good enough to make you folks comfortable for the night.”

When the couple declined, the young man pressed on. “Don’t worry about me, I’ll make out just fine,” the clerk told them.

So the couple agreed.
As he paid his bill the next morning, the elderly man said to the clerk, “You are the kind of manager who should be the boss of the best hotel. Maybe someday I’ll build one for you.”

The clerk looked at them and smiled. The three of them had a good laugh. As they drove away, the elderly couple agreed that the helpful clerk was indeed exceptional, as finding people who are both friendly and helpful isn’t easy.


Two years passed. The clerk had almost forgotten the incident when he received a letter from the old man. It recalled that stormy night and enclosed a round-trip ticket to New York, asking the young man to pay them a visit.

The old man met him in New York, and led him to the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. He then pointed to a great new building there, a pale reddish stone, with turrets and watchtowers thrusting up to the sky.

“That,” said the older man, “is the hotel I have just built for you to manage.”

“You must be joking.” – the young man said.

“I can assure you I am not.” – said the older man, a sly smile playing around his mouth.

The older man’s name was William Waldorf-Aster, and that magnificent structure was the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The young clerk who became its first manager was George C. Boldt. This young clerk never foresaw the turn of events that would lead him to become the manager of one of the world’s most glamorous hotel.
Author Unknown.

I had passed by this famous hotel many times during our stay, in New York,  but I was not aware of this lovely story. I had even taken pictures  of this hotel, but I could not find it, so I had to take this photo from the net.
"‎Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue."
Buddha.



A story to inspire each one of us. The moral of the story is to do good to others without any expectations

13 comments:

  1. Yes, without any expectations! "Do Good" simply because it is the best thing to do!

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    1. Jerry you are right. If we do something with expectation , it becomes a business deal. Thanks.

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  2. Thats a real inspirational story. Something that we read in books. But there are still a few good people around.

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    1. Yes there are quite a few people around the world doing things just like this. It is a really inspiring real story.

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  3. Very inspiring Rama:) Life is indeed full of surprises.

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    1. Thanks Reshma, for being able to relate to this story.

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  4. Oh, what a wonderful reward! It does pay to be kind. No wonder they say, 'what goes around, comes around'! And an act of kindness, is something that needs to come naturally to us.

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    1. Very true KGB. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. A beautiful story behind WALDORF ASTORIA !It requires a keen eye to spot the diamond, Rama:)

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  6. This story Warmed up my heart.

    To even think there are people like the clerk who help without any expectations and that there are people who have gratitude like the elderly couple. Thanks for sharing, Rama.

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  7. Yes, very rarely we come across people like the clerk. He was also lucky that the old man took notice of his calibre. Great story, Rama!

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  8. Loved this inspiring story so much, so much of coincidence today, I am getting this message too many times since morning!I have never forgotten to incorporate this message in my daily life.

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  9. capable people recognise the capability of others.Nice narration, Rama.

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