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I read over at Barb’s great blog that from Friday, January 16th until Sunday, January 18th there is a “Pay It Forward Movement”.
Seems this is a Facebook thing. So, sadly, I won't to be out there “liking” everyone for partaking in this great event because I don't Facebook! (last holdout)
I CAN SAY THIS THOUGH…
I PAY IT FORWARD EVERY CHANCE I GET.
I don’t like to talk about the paying of it forward because I think one should be humble and pay it forward quietly.
That said, let me share one of my recent feel good moments...
Tuesday morning I stopped to pick up a few things at my neighbourhood Safeway - well, two items turned into four and before I knew it I had a cool dozen.
Out of the corner of my eye I was watching folks picking lines.
Do you ever do that… pick one line, then change your mind… hahahah - I love watching this happen… anyway… on with my story…
A slender, slightly anxious woman, and her gangly son (maybe 16), stood behind me in line.
They had two items - yes, two. (good number)
The mother advised her son he’d need a utensil to eat the sushi he was buying; she seems to have only selected a beverage.
Now, I’m listening to them, not being obvious mind you, and I realize they’re in a hurry to get to an appointment at the nearby Children’s Hospital.
It is then that I tell them to go ahead of me. The woman is so happy and so appreciative. Her son thanks me too.
The woman tells me they don’t like hospital food. I gather this is not their first visit to Children’s.
Just as the clerk is going to ring them up I tell her to make the two items part of my bill. No biggie.
Here’s the part I like - I feel great because it’s so random, so unexpected and the look on the mother’s face is priceless.
She is speechless. She reaches out and hugs me. She’s so happy, not only for being able to head out the store so quickly but that kindness is alive and well.
Her son, whom I’ve now had a chance to look at closer, is not well. But, he has the biggest smile on his face as he thanks me.
Now… yes, winning a lottery to help pay for my renovations would be something special but this moment was priceless. Truly priceless.
The patron behind me start gushing, as did the clerk. I quietly stated, "I'm just paying it forward."
Okay, wasn’t that a feel good moment?
I confess, I feel a little awkward sharing it because as a rule I do this quietly for me, not for praise or kudos. It makes me happy, that’s why I do it.
I’ve been on the receiving end of kindness and compassion all my life so the getting begets the giving.
I give because I get.
I get because I give.
HOW DO YOU PAY IT FORWARD?