Karma, the Law of Abundance, The Law of Attraction and ‘do unto others as you would have done to you’ all featured high on the way Ella tried to live her life. She was a firm believer in balancing the universe by acts of kindness.
Every day on the news she heard of such sad and worrying stories, so tended not to watch it. Good news stories seemed to be far and few between, so Ella made it her mission to redress the balance by making her own good news. Even though her own life was at times troubled and far from what she had dreamed she held onto her belief that goodness always triumphs.
Each day Ella set out to do at least one nice thing for someone. She expected no reward for her acts of kindness. The reward for Ella was in the act itself, and the good feeling it gave her. But every so often her reward was so much more.
On this particular day Ella was on her way into town to see her consultant when she saw a young man slowly walking alongside the dual-carriageway she was driving along. As it was not strictly legal to walk along there Ella decided to stop and see if the young man was in trouble or needed any help. The bag he appeared to be carrying looked quite heavy and cumbersome, and she knew that if it had been her walking along there with such a large bag she would be grateful for a lift. She had heard stories of hitch-hikers getting into trouble and of drivers getting into trouble for picking up hitch-hikers, but here and now she felt calm and safe.
“Can I help you at all?” she asked as she wound down the window on the passengers side of the car. “Do you need a lift anywhere?”
“Thanks,” The young man replied flashing a set of perfect white teeth as she did so. “I”m going to Deacon Street in the centre. I don’t want to put you to any trouble and it’s not too far to walk,” he added.
“Nonsense,” Ella replied, “It’s quite a way, and if you ask me it looks like rain. Besides I’m passing straight by there to the shopping centre, so hop on in,” she told him pushing the door open. In reality it was a little out of her way as she wasn’t really headed for the shopping centre at all, but she didn’t mind in the least. Offering a hand to a stranger always made her feel better.
“Thanks again. This is really kind of you,” the young man said as he threw his bag onto the back seat, jumped in and buckled up. He pulled the door closed and turning back to Ella introduced himself. He told her his name was Zach.
“That’s a pretty unusual name these days,” Ella told him. “And I’m Ella, also pretty unusual.”
“I guess,” Zach said, “but it was really popular when I was born.
As Ella drove she kept up a line of small talk and chat, and every now and then glanced at the young man beside her. There was something about him that intrigued Ella. Sometimes when she glanced sideways at him he didn’t appear so young after all.
“Are you from round here?” Ella asked.
“Yes and no,” Zach replied. “I pass through here every so often though,” he added enigmatically.
“It’s just that I thought I recognised you for a moment,” She said.
“I get that a lot,” he replied without elaborating.
After a short while they arrived in Deacon Street where Zach had said he had wanted to go. “Anywhere along here would be fine,” He said as Ella slowed to let him out.
“Thank you again,” Zach said as he grabbed his bag from the back seat and offered his hand to Ella.
Ella shook it and felt a warmth course through her body. “It really is no trouble.” She told Zach wishing him good luck as he closed the door.
“Be well,” he simply said in reply winking as he did so. Ella wondered if he may have guessed her secret, but chided herself for being foolish. How could he have guessed they’d only been together in the car for a few minutes.
Waving as she drove off Ella continued on her way to see her consultant. For the few minutes it took her to get there she thought about Zach and felt good. He really had been a pleasant young man, and Ella was pleased she could help him.
At the clinic Ella parked in one of the empty bays and leaned across to get her papers out of the glove compartment. Looking down as she opened the latch she spotted a feather, a perfect white feather. Leaning further over she picked it up and felt a shiver run through her. Smiling she held it close knowing that at this appointment her consultant would have good news for her.