Have you seen the movie Training Day?
It’s one of the best performances by Denzel Washington.
He plays a dirty cop who escorts a rookie on his first day with the LAPD.
I don’t want to give away too much of the movie.
But there’s a scene which really stood out to me.
It thought me a lot.
The rookie (Jake) was in the passenger seat as Alonzo (Denzel Washington) was driving.
As they were driving through a bad neighborhood, Jake notices 2 bums attempting to rape a girl in an alley.
He immediately tells Alonzo to stop.
Then jumps out the car like it was on fire and runs to help her.
After saving her, she runs away but leaves her wallet behind.
Jake keeps it.
Later, Alonzo, being the dirty cop that he is, puts Jake in a situation where he’s seconds away from losing his life.
The people holding Jake hostage begin stripping him of all his belongings.
That’s when they find the girl’s wallet.
It turns out that she’s the cousin of the guy who’s about to kill Jake.
“Where did you get this?” he asked.
Jake tells him the story.
The guy calls his cousin to confirm Jake is telling the truth.
She explains how a cop saved her from getting raped.
And it was that same reason why Jake was not murdered in that scene.
I highly recommend the movie if you’ve yet to see it.
It’s a classic.
You can watch the clip below
So what’s the lesson here?
Always help people when there’s an opportunity present.
Jake could’ve just ignored the situation and allow the girl to get raped.
But by doing the right thing, he saved both the girls life and his own.
While it may seem that everyone in Jake’s shoes would’ve done the same thing, the reality is they wouldn’t.
Some people might have called for “backup” to handle the situation.
Which by the time they got there, it would’ve been too late.
Others (as crazy as it sounds) would have just ignored the situation.
They would’ve seen it as something that’s normal in that part of town.
But not Jake.
His actions resulted in good karma.
Karma so good that it saved his life.
No matter who it is, if you have the opportunity to help someone, DO IT!
Learn to do things for people who can’t offer you anything in return.
I’ve experienced a TON of good karma with this blog.
Not too long ago, I had a reader email me asking a series of questions.
I helped him with each one.
Did I ask him for anything in return?
But he had something valuable to offer me in return.
He explained that my email plug-in wasn’t working.
It wouldn’t allow him to subscribe.
I had no idea of this issue.
This could have gone on for months!
But because I helped him, he was able to help me in return.
This prevented me from losing hundreds (or thousands) of potential subscribers.
What would’ve happened if I ignored his email?
And that’s what you call good karma.
Doing right and helping as many people as possible.
This doesn’t mean you have to save a life like Jake in Training Day.
It can be something as small as helping someone load a TV in their car.
What’s important is that you do it constantly.
I was listening to The Strangest Secret about a week ago.
Earl Nightingale explains how your good efforts might not come to you from those you serve.
But how they MUST come to you from somewhere.
Karma is a law.
And whether you believe it or not, it’s REAL.
Train your mind to find opportunities where you can offer help.
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You might not see the returns (good karma) initially.
But trust me, my friend, it’s on its way.