Two Personal Stories Where Helping Counted

Here are two wonderful stories I wanted to share with you all. One is about where I was helped and the other is about where I stopped to help someone else in need.

1. All Alone

There I was, ready to leave the house to go and see my friend in Northampton. It was around midnight. I grabbed my phone, keys wallet and jumped in the car. Since I had an 80 mile journey ahead of me I decided it would be wise to check my oil before I hit the motorway. I stopped at the gas station and gave my car the once over; all seemed well.

I was starting my journey when suddenly I realised that I’d left the oil cap off the engine. Doh! I pulled over on the main road, opened the bonnet and was thrilled to see the oil cap was still where I’d left it. I closed the bonnet and was about to jump in the car when I heard a ‘click’ as I pulled the handle. All the car doors locked! (Uh oh!)

I had a problem with the central locking and sometimes when I pulled the handle the car locked on it’s own.

Just to put things into context. I had just locked myself out of my car; the engine was still running; it was was zero degrees; I had left my jacket, wallet and phone in the car; all I was wearing was a thin jumper and I was in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night. (Oh crap!)

What would you have done?

My first reaction was to look up at the sky! I quizzed Gods sense of humour, and then I exploded with laughter at the irony! In times of absolute despair, sometimes, all you can do is just laugh. I didn’t have many options. I decided to try and find a rock to break into my car or, wait for the first passer by, to see if they would assist. If they didn’t help me I would use to rock to smash a window so I could get into my car.

I was very lucky! The very first car I flagged down was a family. The father got out and asked me what happened? I explained but I’m not sure he believed me. (Who would?) However, he did take pity on my and allowed me to use his phone. I thankfully got through to my brother who hesitantly agreed, to drop off my spare keys, because I’d disturbed him while he was watching Frasier.

After I returned the phone to the kind stranger he kindly offered me his coat. Me being the typical bloke, refused, saying ‘I’ll be fine’ while my teeth were chattering. Because of my extra blubber I can take the cold but that was just being plain stupid. He insisted though and I’m so glad he did. I guessed he must have a son or two. (I was right)

I got the gentleman’s address and a few days later I dropped off his coat and left some flowers for his family to say thank you.

Moral – It doesn’t take much to be a charitable human being and make sure you show your gratitude when it’s shown to you.

2 Fight Night

My friend Neil and I were out and about late one evening in his car. He was driving and spotted a young man who appeared to be getting harassed by two drunken yobs.

We pulled up next to the guy and asked if he was okay. He was clearly distressed so we got out of the car so he could walk away without the two yobs following him.

Unfortunately for us the two drunkards turned on us and decided they wanted to make us their new target. We were prepared to fight but walked away to avoid that scenario.

We got back into the car and the one of the guys punched Neil though the open window. Neil jumped out, wrestled him to the ground and laid him out flat. The other ran away. I was ready to jump in but my ninja friend had already kicked ass! 😛

We got back in the car ready to drive off when one of the men threw a beer can through the one windows. The glass went all over me! Up until that point I was totally calm and relaxed but I went from being the WWF panda to being the Kung Fu Panda in about 0.2 seconds. I leapt out of the car and walked towards the two men and screamed my head off at them.

I must have looked like some kind of raging bull with steam coming out of my nostrils because as soon as they saw my face they ran like the road runner leaving a trail of dust! (Meep meep!)

Not many people get to see my angry side and I think it was too much for those two louts. They ran off into the distance never to be seen again. I felt that Neils actions and my final bull charge made those think twice from then onwards before doing the same thing again.

Moral – If you see someone in trouble, stop to help or, if you feel vulnerable, call for help. Go with your gut. If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t.

Got any personal stories you’d like to share where you helped others or others helped you? Feel free to leave them in the comments. If you like this story you might also like to read about the lap dancer who changed my life.

37 Responses

  1. Roman Soluk says:

    Nice stories! They show that people can help each other without any money. Just a simple action can help a lot! Thanks for sharing this, Amit!
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  2. Swati says:

    I feel sooo ill….thank you for making me smile 😀 I have stories but too ill to share right now 🙁 maybe tomorrow…or sunday! x

  3. Kavita Sohanta says:

    LOL @ ‘Meep meep’!!!

    Love Amits story telling corner!!! Need more blogs like this! 🙂 xxxxx

  4. Ryan says:

    I wonder if those guys are still running 😉

    It always pays to help someone. No doubt that family prospered in some way from the service offered to you. As for your giant laugh it was the best thing you could do. Notice how the people showed up shortly after? Being light about a stressful situation causes the universe to act immediately in your favor.

    Great lessons here Amit.
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    • Amit Sodha says:

      Ha Ryan, I wouldn’t be surprised if they still were! Yes I did notice and it’s absolutely true…when I was light about the situation a solution presented itself.

  5. Christopher Kabamba says:

    These are 2 stories worth telling!

    As people who want to share “life’s truths” with others it helps to realize that most, if not all people know the “truth”. It is therefore not enough to simply make “statements of truth”; wrapping life truths around real life stories like the ones you’ve shared goes a long way in reminding people of what they already know.

    I am of the belief that we know everything … and therefore we are here not really to learn anything new. We are here to remember (to have “aha” moment).

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    • Amit Sodha says:

      I like that way of putting it Chris. Even in my last post I wrote learned but in essence what I was saying is, have you remembered yet? And you’re spot on! Thank you always.

  6. You Know Amit….you do have an awesome sense of humor! I am so sure when you are up on that stage doing your stand up comedy..the crowd goes completely nuts :)…but I’m telling you right now…if you have that British accent…i really will not be able to take you seriously anyway 😉
    As for your beautiful stories…youre so so right…gratitude where gratitude is due makes for truly conscious living..not to mention the great karma.
    Secondly helping someone-no questions asked shows how “good” a person you are on the inside. You might look like the raging bull when you’re angry 😉 but you have the heart of gold …and that heart takes us very very far in life.
    Thank you fro sharing such beautiful stories…atleast now my last rant makes me feel like there are more people like me who stop and help 🙂
    Much Love,

    • Amit Sodha says:

      Awww well thank you for the kind words Zeenat and I do hope I truly make people laugh that much that it hurts. Maybe together through our small actions of helping others we can truly make a difference.

  7. Topi says:

    Hi Amit,
    Thanks for sharing these stories. My husband and I have stopped to help people on a number of occasions, and I hope if I ever need help one day someone will stop to return the favour.

  8. Cheryl Paris says:

    Hi Amit,

    Reading this reminded me when I was pregnant and my car was stuck in snow on Christmas. I wanted to eat strawberry Ice cream and I could not control…well yeah… got myself in a good situation and each Christmas I think of it… and smile 🙂
    God sends helps in different ways. First person came was alone so he tried but could not get the car out of snow and second person and his son took a U turn on Christmas and came to help us. I was very lucky to have found help in short time…:)

    Cheryl Paris
    The Acorn Coach Blog
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    • Amit Sodha says:

      LOL @ pregnancy craving…I can imagine that getting people in trouble…Awww bless glad you managed to find help at the right time and there are many people out there who do stick their neck out and help others.

  9. rob white says:

    Hi Amit,
    I really enjoyed these stories? They were fun and enlightening. Always trust your gut. How many times have we gone into something that didn’t quite feel right only to get burned later. The real profound life lessons are learned in these kind of circumstances… you can never predict where or when these insights will happen. About 20 years ago I went on a “retreat” that was supposed to “fix” me… without going into too much detail, the greatest lesson I learned from those 2 weeks was when I lost my wallet at the airport going home.

    • Amit Sodha says:

      Hey Rob, ouch at losing your wallet, I know how much of a pain that can be. I guess it says a great deal about that retreat and the lessons learned at the airport. Reminds me of another story I should’ve linked to this one.

  10. Boys always getting into trouble, ha? :)!
    Just kidding, Amit. Very personal stories here. I think I would have FREAKED OUT in your car situation and not for long because I would have FROZEN in place. Ouch ouch and you were so lucky! Things happen to me all the time and my absent-mindedness is getting worse as I become more focused on the writing, the ideas and the thoughts flowing in my head….Good lesson here for me is; Stop and think what am I doing in the present moment and do I have everything checked properly…..thank you :)!

    • Amit Sodha says:

      I can so totally relate to the absent mindedness when you’re so focussed. I once ended up driving on a motorway, was so deep in thought that I ended up on a completely different motorway and I had no clue how I got there! 😀 lol

  11. Milan Bakrania says:

    ‘In times of absolute despair, sometimes, all you can do is just laugh.’ In the words of my generation…True Say! A simple but effective action that will pave the way for an agreeable reaction. ‘I’d disturbed him while he was watching Frasier.’ I was on the ceiling with that one, LOL!
    Keep it up bro.

  12. Milan Bakrania says:

    You’re too kind bro – Very glad that you are enjoying it!

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