Paying it forward is an expense we all can afford and one that humanity
can't afford to live without.
A friend of mine told me a story about the fact that her husband does not like accepting tips at his job and so he often takes the money and donates it to the church anonymously. Apparently, he tries to refuse and continues to finds that people get very upset if he refuses. There are times he finally relents but figured out a way to make that money go to hands that he felt would be best served by it by donating to the church. Her story reminded me of the simplistic idea of paying it forward - simply responding to someone’s kindness by being kind to the next person. A simple concept for some but a wildly impactful concept overall.
When I was young, and I was taking Driver’s Ed, the teacher told us that if you are polite on the road it has been scientifically proven people respond by continuing to be polite to the next person as it can inspire the next person to be generous, respectful and compassionate on the road just as you were. It’s amazing how our actions with one person can lead to them being kind to the next person and so on and so on. With this being said, it’s also important to remember that the opposite can be true. If we are unkind to one another, those actions and behaviors and attitudes can easily ripple outward as well. So, it makes so much more sense for us to spread love, kindness, generosity, and respect.
Together, we can come up with hundreds of things if not thousands of things that we could do for one another as simple “pay it forward“ acts or “Random acts of kindness.”
Here are just a few:
Pay for the order of the car behind you in the drive-through at Starbucks.
Send a text to five people that you love and care about right now telling them how much you appreciate them.
Pay the meter at an expired meter so that the driver doesn’t get a ticket.
Send flowers to a friend or family member that you know would appreciate it.
Plant a tree.
Volunteer at a local organization that could use some assistance.
Gather gently used close and donate it to local organizations that are collecting for those in need.
Do a chore of some kind for someone who does not have time right now to do it.
I’d love to hear what your ideas are!