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Posted on Jul 24, 2013 in Inspiration, My Journey | 8 comments

Pay yourself forward

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I was reading an article the other day about a chain of people who paid for the person behind them in line for coffee in Massachusetts.  I love these stories about people who do a small good deed for a stranger, and inspire a whole group to do the same.  Where I come from, we did this with bridge tolls, and I know from experience the sneaky joy of peeking in the rear view mirror to catch a look at someone’s face as you make their day.

I have a confession to make.  I do this for myself several times a week.  As I go through my evening activities, if I have some time, I finish a task I had planned for the morning.  I like to choose my outfit and pack lunch before I go to bed every night, too.  At work, when I make my to-do list for the next day, I sometimes do one small thing from it before I leave for the day.  Then I walk out the door knowing that when I sit down at my desk in the morning, at least one thing will be done before I even make a cup coffee.

It’s almost as fun as doing it for someone else.

 

Photo credit: Ian Sane

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  1. I have always loved the Pay It Forward idea myself. This wonderful idea was popularized by Catherine Ryan Hyde’s international sensation, Pay It Forward, released on April 27, 2010. Catherine tells the true story behind her novel in this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID_eMYDwVGA In May of this year I wrote a post called “The Power of One”: http://www.ahhthesimplelife.com/the-power-of-one/ It is all about this concept. The post also includes “The Starfish Story” which is another wonderful story with the same theme.

  2. Well, isn’t this just a delightful post?! I think this is a great idea and never looked at it this way.

    Personally, I think good deeds are good, but so many people run around doing good deeds that they neglect themselves and then complain they never have time to themselves. If people took care of their own needs, they might be better equipped to help others.

    • Maybe it even helps to start a random act that triggers a chain reaction if we start with ourselves? It will help us to see that we don’t have to wait for someone to take care of us!

    • Yes! Maybe it even helps to start a random act that triggers a chain reaction if we start with ourselves? It will help us to see that we don’t have to wait for someone to take care of us!

  3. Hi,

    This is great. It makes you jump out of bed and pounce on the day when you know some day’s tasks have been completed the night before. Good stuff! Thanks!

    Bob

    • Right. It’s funny how little it takes for this happiness! Just unloading the dishwasher or bringing the recycling out to the curb.

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