This is a story of a poor Scottish farmer whose name was Fleming.
One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. Dropping his tools, he ran as fast as he could to investigate.
When he arrived, he spotted a terrified boy, mired to his waist in black muck, screaming and struggling to free himself.
Farmer Fleming sprang into action and saved the boy from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Fleming had saved.
“I want to repay you, “said the nobleman.
”Yes,” the farmer replied proudly.
“I’ll make you a deal.” continued the nobleman. “Let me take your son and give him a good education. If he’s anything like his father, he’ll grow to a man you can be proud of you.”
And that he did.
After some time, Farmer Fleming’s son graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.
As fortune would have it, years later, the nobleman’s son was stricken with pneumonia and he was saved by Penicillin.
This is not the end of this series of effects. The nobleman’s son also made a great contribution to society, for he was none other than Lord Randolph Churchill, who would father the great Winston Churchill.
Let us take a moment to consider the effects of one good deed. This did not only save the life of a great boy, but ended up creating the medicine used to save countless others and the man that fought against a ruthless tyranny.
There is no end to the possibilities of a good deed. Keep this in mind the next time someone needs help.