Imagine this: To "Pay it Forward" means to respond to a person's kindness to oneself by being kind to someone else. This way, one person's kindness can potentially benefit many people over time. This is very different to "paying someone back", which only benefits one person one time.
Would you like to Pay it Forward? Here's how:
One way is to perform a random act of kindness to a stranger... Anything you can do that helps someone achieve something, or feel better about themselves, is a great way to Pay it Forward!
Have you recently been kind to a stranger? Or has someone unexpectedly been kind to you?
said on 15 March 2020:
I heard a story about someone walking around handing money to strangers as a gift. I'm not sure about that, but I could write down some encouraging words and hand them to the other cancer patients I see when I go to the hospital. It's important to have hope for the future, especially now with the corona virus fears worldwide.
said on 15 July 2017:
My random act of kindness involves animals, whenever I see a spider or a bug in my house or in the school where I teach - even if it's a spider - I always catch it in a plastic container and I set it free outside because I think it's nice they tried to find shelter in my house so I don't want to hurt them even when I feel scared I set them free and encourage students to do the same. I hope to do more random acts of kindness in the future, and it's nice being able to share this with someone.
said on 25 June 2017:
My random act of kindness is, on my way to work everyday, I pass an elderly woman at the side of the road. (I am a Canadian teaching English in Chihuahua Mexico) so there are lots of poor people asking for money because they have none. I know this lady now, and I help her. She brightens when she sees my car coming.
said on 2 June 2017:
My acts of kindness are many, since I'm at the age where much appears different to me. One of these acts is feeding the neighborhood children who are left to fend for themselves until the parent(s) get home from work, with Lunchables whenever it's on sale, or in my budget. I enjoy seeing them smile, and they wave and say their hello from wherever they are whenever they see me. It feels wonderful! Love and Light.
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I have a story that I need to share,
"The One Dollar COIN"
It has been one week ago when I attended the
Mind set day and we mentioned what we can do to help someone.
On Sunday (yesterday) I was in a shop at harbour Town on the Gold Coast,
I went to a checkout to pay for my goods, when I got there, there seemed to be a problem
With the people there obtaining prices ect, so I went t to the next checkout
And lined up.
The Lady in front of me was buying some cane baskets and Christmas trinkets,
I heard the checkout lady say $36.00 dollars please, I saw the lady pulling out her money from her purse and handed to the checkout lady.
The checkout lady said you are one dollar short, the shopper said “ I have to make a call to my partner and get him to bring me a dollar as that is all I have at the moment”
The checkout lady said she would put her goods to one side and then serve me,
(Normally we would just be served and on our way)
BUT before she did this I grabbed a One Dollar Coin and handed
To the checkout lady and said that I will pay that one dollar, the checkout operator looked at me and said are you sure,
I said that this said gift and please take it, the shopper said to me that I can pay the dollar back and I said no need as please take it as a gift from me,
She thanked me and said you are a nice person.
The checkout lady then spoke to another lady and they said that you are a wonderful person and should be more people like you, that was a good thing to do, they just kept o talking.
And seemed to be the highlight of the day,
Now the lady behind me tapped me on the shoulder and said that there should be more people like you in the world as would be a better place,
It was at that moment I then realised what I have done and the significance of the event that had just happened, I looked around and several people were talking and saying
What a great thing I did, and really it was only a dollar and thought nothing of it,
I realised that had changed a number of people’s day ,
Where just before this everyone was in line on the checkout and minding their own business
and now we’re talking and even when I was leaving people were saying merry Christmas.
This really moved me and did this without thinking so I really have taken in and have changed for a better person
What I learnt that day,
IT is not how much you give someone,
it is how you give someone and the intention of the giving,
as really is was only one dollar but at that moment in time that one dollar made a big difference,
You were right it does not have to be large amounts of money,
but something that someone values at the time given the circumstances at that time,
The One Dollar event,
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