Heather Jones Hartmann almost didn’t stop one morning on her way to work when she saw a woman dragging two huge suitcases down the road.

One opportunity to turn around came and went. Then she couldn’t take it anymore—she turned around at the next opportunity—and didn’t regret it a bit.

Hartmann was driving to work, feeling very sorry for herself and her ‘imperfect life.’

(Facebook/Heather Jones Hartmann)

Suddenly she saw a woman who was obviously struggling a little more than she was.

“She was on the opposite side of the road dragging two ripped up suitcases that were almost as big as her and clearly heavy,” said Hartmann in a Facebook post on August 18.

Hartmann, from Newark, Delaware, was only three minutes away from work, and she definitely considered not stopping. But as a self-described “firm believer that things happen for a reason,” she realized she could not stop living in line with her beliefs just to avoid an inconvenience.

She turned around and picked up the woman, who said her name was Janice.

Janice said she had lost her job in New York, and for the past four days she had been traveling to Baltimore, where her aunt had helped her find work as a cleaning lady.

“She had spent the night at Christiana Hospital because she has Congestive Heart Failure (she was lugging those heavy suitcases!!!) and had run out of meds,” Hartmann wrote.

Hartmann was happy to have the opportunity to stop and help a woman who reminded her to be grateful for what she had.

(Facebook/Heather Jones Hartmann)

Hartmann was able to give Janice a ride to a nearby library, where someone would be able to pick her up and drive her closer to her destination.

“[I] handed her every dollar I had in my wallet ($32?), and gave her a hug. She smiled the entire trip and thanked me profusely. She never asked for anything,” Hartmann wrote.

Although Hartmann was 30 minutes late for work, she was happy for the opportunity to live out her beliefs, while spreading positivity and love.

“She wasn’t feeling sorry for herself or for her situation in life,” Hartmann said.

“It was a huge reminder to be grateful for what I have because things could always be worse!”

Read the full post below:

I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason. Today I was driving to work and feeling sorry for myself and my imperfect life. And then I passed this woman – Janice. She was on the opposite side of the road dragging two ripped up suitcases that were almost as big as her and clearly heavy. I was 3 minutes from work and almost kept driving there. I didn’t turn around the first chance I had, but I did turn around at the second chance, and I picked her up. She had been on the road for 4 days. She had left NY after losing her job as a packer for a cosmetic company and was on her way to Baltimore where her Auntie was going to get her a job as a cleaning lady. She had spent the night at Christiana Hospital because she has Congestive Heart Failure (she was lugging those heavy suitcases!!!) and had run out of meds. I took her to the Elkton Library where she was going to meet someone who could get her closer to Baltimore, handed her every dollar I had in my wallet ($32?), and gave her a hug. She smiled the entire trip and thanked me profusely. She never asked for anything. She wasn’t thumbing for a ride. She wasn’t feeling sorry for herself or for her situation in life. It was a huge reminder to be grateful for what I have because things could always be worse! I am posting this for those of you who continue to spread hate and negativity, as well as for those of you who constantly post about spreading the love, but don’t do anything more than preach. 30 minutes late to work? I’ll take it! Janice did way more for me than I did for her.