Stop and Think…
Just for a moment when I first read this story in 2000, it touched me deeply. I wanted to share it with you….This story is about a Father of a disabled child, in his case, a son named Shaya. It was originally reported in the New York newspapers. It was so touching, it spread like wildfire across the internet and many began to question – “Did this really happen, or is it just another urban legend?”
Well, that’s the amazing part of this story. It is true. In fact, because of all the buzz, a web site called “TruthOrFiction.com” investigated and has reported that, yes, the story is indeed true. It has also been confirmed by no less an authority than the highly respected Rabbi and author, Paysach Krohn, who says that he personally knows the participants and that every word of the story is true as originally reported.
As I said, the story is about Shaya, a learning disabled boy…..
On weekends, Shaya and his Dad liked to go for walks. As they do, they like to stop and watch the neighborhood boys play baseball.
On this one Sunday afternoon, as they approached the ball field, Shaya looked up at his father and asked, “Dad, do you think they would let me play?”
Now, this gave Dad a dilemma. He knows his son is learning disabled, very uncoordinated and has never played baseball before but Dad also knows the neighborhood boys have always treated Shaya with kindness and he feels that if he, his Father, doesn’t speak up for Shaya, who will?
So he walked over to one of the boys and asked, “What do you think about letting Shaya in the game?”
The boy didn’t know what to say and looked around to his teammates for guidance. Not getting any, he took matters into his own hands. He said, “Well, we’re about to start the 8th inning and we’re losing by six runs. I don’t think we’re going to win this game, so what’s the difference? Get him a glove and he can play behind second base, in short center field”, which Shaya did, with a big smile on his face.
In the bottom of the 8th inning, Shaya’s team rallied and scored three runs but they were still losing by three. In the bottom of the 9th, they rallied again. They had three runners on base, two out, and it was Shaya’s turn to bat.
Dad wondered, will they even let him bat? But without hesitation, one of the boys shouted, “Shaya, you’re up!” and he was handed a bat. But as he stood at home plate, it was obvious to all that Shaya didn’t even know how to hold the bat, let alone hit with it.
So the pitcher moved in a couple of feet and lobbed the ball very softly so Shaya could at least make contact. Shaya swung and missed by a wide margin. Before the second pitch, one of Shaya’s teammates called out, “Hold on, let me help him. Let me show him how to bat”. This boy came and stood behind Shaya and put his arms around him, so the two boys were now holding the bat together.
The pitcher moved in a couple more feet and again lobbed the ball as softly as he could.
The two boys swung the bat together and managed to tap a soft grounder right back toward the pitcher. Shaya’s teammates yelled, “Run, Shaya! Run to first!” and he took off for first base.
But the pitcher pounced on the ball in an instant and could easily have thrown Shaya out at first, ending the game. Instead, the pitcher took the ball and with obvious intention, threw it on a high arc way over the first baseman’s head, all the way into the outfield. Shaya was safe at first base.
The first baseman turned him toward second and said “Run, Shaya, run to second!”.
But by then, the right fielder had chased down the ball and he, too, could have easily thrown Shaya out, at second but he understood what the pitcher had done. So he threw the ball not just over second base, but way over the third baseman’s head, so far that nobody was going to retrieve that ball.
As Shaya chugged into second base, the opposing shortstop ran towards him, turned him towards third base and shouted “Run, Shaya, run to third!”.
Of course, by now the three runners who had been on base had scored. The game was tied, Shaya represented the winning run and his teammates were screaming with excitement.
As Shaya rounded third base, every boy from his team… and several from the opposing team on the field… were all running behind him, cheering him home.
And as he put his foot on home plate, both teams gathered around him, lifted him on their shoulders and cheered him as the hero of the game. He had just hit a home run and won the game. These boys gave Shaya the thrill of his life. Of course, they gave him something even more precious than that – they gave him their acceptance.
Obviously, these boys had either been taught, or perhaps had discovered on their own, the greatest secret of human happiness. And that is . . . .
We experience our moments of
PUREST JOY at precisely those moments when we are causing it in OTHERS.
It is a truism of life…whatever we give out comes back to us, multiplied. And when I read this story back in 2001, after I had dived head-first into my new Refund Business, abandoning my career and risking debt and financial devastation, I knew why I had thrown away my career.
Because, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the thought of returning money to people and hearing the joy and excitement in their voice, reading their correspondence to me thanking me for giving them money they often did not know was owed to them and mostly, money they desperately needed, bringing that joy to others not only gave me real purpose and a duty but it became an intoxicating and addictive.
There are jobs that pay extremely well, there are businesses that make superb money but few businesses on the planet can truly give you the buzz, the personal satisfaction and the feeling of being a man or a woman on a mission, the sheer purpose and pure feel good high that being a lost money refund agent could.
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Before the Refund Business, I was doing work of no real value, no real service and all just to pay the bills.
If you are in that same boat now then STOP and THINK.
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