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Yesterday evening, I received an email from a net friend that had not got in touch for a long time ( one or two years, maybe).
It was four years ago. I met him at IASK, an online platform helping others by answering their questions. The boy asked somebody to help him prepare his English resume, and I offered to help him. Besides helping translating his Chinese one into English, I also gave him several suggestions to improve his resume. The boy was so thankful to me that he granted me 100points, the highest according to the system. (I barely go there now, though my answers are still there. And those familiar ones have also disappeared like me.)
Later, we had several correspondence. I learned from him that he was recruited by one of the famous domestic airlines. Then the correspondences suspended and finally got halted. No news from him any more and I nearly forgot him.
Yesterday was the Teacher’s Day. I was a little surprised to find his name in my mailbox again. In his letter, he said he used to report the progress he’d made to his teachers every Teacher’s Day, and this year he thought of me when doing the routine, just because I helped him once. He told me he had quit the job this May and was enrolled in a famous securities company as a training director, a position he’d been dreaming of for a long time. Though the bottom salary offered to him was much lower than his current salary, he accepted the offer without hesitation. He told me he finally could do what he loved from now on.
I gave him a lot of encouragement. This is not an easy decision to make, though. I do believe he will succeed in the end, because he’s so enthusiastic, determinant and full of conviction. And I, a guy not in the teaching field, received a special gift on this special day. I do appreciate it a lot.
And, do others a favor when you can, even if it is just a piece a cake to you. They will remember your kindness.