When $20 Becomes Priceless

Few stories touch our hearts like the one involving 8-year-old Myles Eckert and Lt. Col. Frank Dailey of Toledo, Ohio, that aired in February of this year.  If you have not had the privilege of seeing the story, we have attached a link for you to view CBS correspondent Steve Hartman’s report at http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ohio-8-year-old-turns-20-into-priceless-gift/.  Please take a moment to view this beautiful story.

The simple version is that 8-year-old Myles found $20 in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant.  Rather than spending the money on a video game as he had initially intended, he saw Lt. Col. Dailey also eating there and wrapped it in a note, giving it to the soldier.  The note read,

“Dear Soldier.  My Dad was a soldier.  He is in heaven now.  I found this $20 in the parking lot when we got here.  We like to pay it forward in my family.  It’s your lucky day!  Thank you for your service.  Myles Eckert, a gold star kid.” 

Myles’s father was killed in Iraq just five weeks after Myles was born.  All he has are stories and memorabilia from others by which to know his father.  After giving the money and note to Dailey, Myles asked to go to his father’s gravesite to share the story with him.

The story is a brilliant testament to the massive impact our lives can have on others.  When we seek to honor others, past or present, we can have a profound influence on our world.

In the months following this story there has been an outpouring of tributes and gifts given on behalf of this simple gesture of honor and love by an 8-year-old boy.  May we all have the capacity to see through our mental clutter and find the place in our hearts that allows us to honor one another.