Harley-davidson MotorcyclistThe other day, I had something happen that I thought I would share with all of you. Last Monday was a usual busy morning. Mondays are typically our busiest day of the week here at J&P Cycles, and July is also one of our busiest months.

In addition to my duties as a blogger, I answer e-mails from all over the world, monitor and answer questions on our Facebook page, serve as the main moderator of the J&P Cycles Forum, and split time during the week as a chat technician on the J&P website Tech Chat feature. My plate is not only full, but satisfying as well.

This past Monday, I got a message from the receptionist that there was someone in the showroom to see me. I responded back that I had to finish a couple of items, but I would be there soon. When I made my way out, a fellow I didn’t recognize steps up to me and says “Scott, I don’t know if you remember me, but in 2003 when I was on my way up to the Harley Davidson 100th anniversary, I broke down here. You took me to your home, fed me, brought my bike into your shop and fixed it. I ended up staying the night and you put me up. I have never forgotten that, and this is the next time I have been by here. I just wanted to thank you once again.”

I was pretty floored by this – WOW – I thought. As we stood and talked, he mentioned that the fact my wife and I did that influenced him greatly, and he had helped a number of people in the years that have past, just as we had. Now looking at this guy (honestly), I don’t remember him from Adam’s housecat; however, I was pretty impressed that 11 years later he stopped to look me up. What a great feeling! It’s quite humbling to know that you influenced a man’s life to the point that he stopped years later to thank me again. That sort of made my day!

I wanted to share this with everyone as a simple reminder that we are judged by the way we treat others. A small gesture of kindness can make a huge impact on someone’s world.

Pay it forward! The results are heartwarming.