Friday, June 14, 2013

Pay It Forward

In my opinion, the concept of paying it forward is one of the coolest things ever.  It not only helps us to acknowledge the kindness around us, but it also helps to spread the kindness even further.  I think that in a way it also helps make us more present in our own day-to-day lives.

In case you have not heard of paying it forward, I will explain it for you.  It's this idea that when somebody does something kind for you, you recognize that you are grateful and do something kind for somebody else.  I don't think I've ever been very good at explaining that in one sentence, but I hope it helps to somewhat give everyone an idea of what I'm talking about.

I had no clue about paying it forward until I was in grade seven.  I had been in the hospital for one of my surgeries and the social worker gave my mom a bit of money from an anonymous donor to help cover the extra costs of things like parking.  She spoke to us about paying it forward, but it wasn't until I had already gone home that I realized how intrigued I was by the thought.

One morning I woke up and decided I needed to do something to make a difference in the lives of others.  Sometimes the more I tell this story, the cheesier it sounds; but I kid you not, this is how it happened.  Anyway, so I woke up early on that morning and the first thing that came to my mind was something like, man I've really got to go do something to change the world.  At first I had no idea what I could do, but quickly the pay it forward conversation entered my mind.  I realized how thankful I was for the support I had been given, and wanted to do something that allowed me to be a source of that feeling for somebody else.  And I did.  I continue to.

I want to encourage everybody to try paying it forward on a regular basis.  It doesn't only change the lives of others, but I can promise you that it will probably have a positive effect on your life as well.  Like anything, practice helps to make this a more natural occurrence.

:As always, I would so love to hear from you!  Feel free to share your pay it forward stories!!


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