I believe in paying it forward or as the people of Erie, Pennsylvania like to call it, #AJO, a pay it forward moment that was started in memory of a young girl who died earlier in the year due to an epileptic seizure. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small act or a large one; if it makes you feel good and it benefits someone else, then it counts. Molly Friedenfeld, author of The Book of Simple Human Truths, once said: “A purposeful act or extension of kindness to another is never wasted, for it always resides in the hearts of all involved in a chain of love.” She’s right, too, even if you pay it forward just once in your life you’ve still touched the life of someone and there is a high chance that they will pass it on. Paying it forward isn’t just buying things for people – like a pumpkin spice latte, for example. Paying it forward can be simple acts of kindness such as holding the door for someone or chasing a ball down the sidewalk for a group of children. Your mood spreads so you might as well make it a good mood.
I believe in paying it forward because I’ve done it before and I know how good it makes you feel afterwards. When you do something nice – anything nice – for someone other than yourself it makes you feel like you’re on top of the world. Sure, it’s great to help your mom with the dishes or something stupid like that, but it feels ten million times better to do something for someone else. It doesn’t have to be a huge act of kindness, like paying someone’s bill at dinner, though; it can simply be smiling at a stranger or helping someone out with a task. By doing something kind you not only make someone else feel good, but also yourself. Let’s be honest though, we have all had the door held for us at some point in our lives and it’s not a big deal. For most of us, holding the door for someone else is just common courtesy – no one really cares that you held the door for them because they can open it themselves. I think that when people do things for you that you could have easily done for yourself makes that little act so much sweeter, though.
As easy as it is to do the simple acts of kindness, sometimes you have extra money and you just really want to do something really nice for a random stranger, like pay for their groceries or their dinner when they’re out to eat. This is my favorite way to pay it forward. We live in a society that is centered around money – what you earn, what you spend, how much you have saved, how much you don’t have saved – we are a currency-crazed society. I think that’s why I love paying it forward with money so much, because people have been brought to tears by it. It’s wonderful and heartwarming and I love it!
When I think of paying it forward the saying “what goes around comes back around”...