One Headlight Leads to Illumination

It was an average weeknight. I met my husband for dinner after work at our usual spot. We got into our respective cars and headed toward home, but about two minutes later, I got a phone call.

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It was dark and one of my headlights didn't seem to be working. // Canva

"Follow me to the gas station up the road," he told me. "I think you have a headlight out."

Half the Light I Used to Have

My husband pulled in next to a gas pump, and I pulled into the space behind him. Meeting him in front of my car, it was obvious. Sure enough, my passenger-side headlight was not working.

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Troubleshooting the light on my car took time. // Canva

After a few minutes of him telling me, "Turn on your the low beams...back to brights..." he determined the headlamp was indeed out. We live about 20 miles outside of town and the gas station is just around the corner from our house.

Running back into town for a new headlight, especially at this hour, was out of the question. I was worried. I wasn't sure what I was going to do about the light. I definitely didn't want to get a ticket.

Twin Cars

Let me back up just a little. As I was getting out of my car, I noticed another car facing toward us at the next pump. It got my attention because it was the exact make and model of mine. Now, my car is nearly 20 years old, so it was quite a coincidence.

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My twin car was getting gas at the next pump. // Canva

I chuckled slightly under my breath as I put my car in park, "Maybe he has a headlamp for my car," I said to my husband. What were the odds of that, I thought? But then, what were the odds of finding my twin car at the next gas pump?

A Random Act of Kindness

The man with the Twin Car noticed us trying to troubleshoot the headlamp. "Hey, do you need this?", he asked, holding out a brand-new headlamp, perfect for my car, still in the packaging.

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He had the same headlamp that fit my car // Canva

I stared at his hand.

"What?" we asked, amazed! Was he really answering my whispered request to the Universe? Yes, it seems, he was! The light worked perfectly!

Illumination and Serendipity

We chatted for a while. The man told us he runs a small, local media company and he'd been working hard to grow his business. He looked tired and told us he'd been double-timing it, trying to play catch up after losing so much time over the last year.

"It's been rough lately," he said. "I beat cancer last year, and I've been working hard just to keep my family afloat." But things had turned around for him, and he told us he did what he could to pay his good fortune forward, whenever possible.

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He was on empty, yet he stopped further out of town than he needed to. // Canva

Just before he drove away, he told me something that stopped me in my tracks. "I felt like I needed to stop at this gas station tonight. I can't explain it," he said. "My tank was on empty - had been on "e" for a while, and should have put gas in long before I got this far out of town. Yet, something told me to stop here tonight."

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A single act of kindness made a big impression. Canva

I'm not sure what forces were at work that night, but I thanked him again and told him I'm glad he stopped there, too. That small act of kindness made a big impression.

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