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How Paying Forward Works

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MoStory   Posted By   Dr. MO      One day, while struggling to make a living for his family a poor Scottish farmer, by the name of Fleming, heard a cry for help coming from a bog near the barn he was working in. He immediately dropped his tools and ran straight to the bog.

There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming reached into the swampy area and through his courageous efforts saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to entrance near the Scotsman’s simple home. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out, walked to the front door, and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

“I want to repay you for what you have done,” said the nobleman. “You saved my son’s life, and that is worth a fortune to me.”

“No, I can’t accept payment for what I did,” the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, a young man came to the door of the family home. “Is that your son?” the nobleman asked. “Yes,” the farmer replied proudly.

“I have an idea, and  I want to make proposal to you. Let me provide your son with the same level of education my own son will enjoy. If your boy is anything like his father, he’ll no doubt grow up to be a man we both will be proud of.”, said the nobleman. “I gladly accept that vey kind offer.”, replied the farmer.  And so the son proceeded to have a fine education.

Farmer Fleming’s son attended the very best primary schools, did exceptionally well, and in time, graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known worldwide as the noted physician and research scientist, Sir Alexander Fleming….the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years later, the same nobleman’s son who was saved from the bog, was stricken with pneumonia. What saved his life this time? Penicillin. The name of the nobleman…..Lord Randolph Churchill. His son’s name…..Sir Winston Churchill.

Someone once said: “What goes around comes around”, this is a story that confirms that powerful truth.

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