Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pay It Forward

Recently I read a post about the generosity of a woman who paid if forward for her birthday. 
27 years and 27 ways she paid it forward!

As I was reading her post...I put myself in the position of the recipients and imagined how good it would feel to have something little like that done for me.

Who wouldn't want to feel like that?
Who wouldn't want that done for them?
Who doesn't deserve to be 'paid forward' now and then?

I use to go to the same Starbucks every time I left the chiropractor. They got to know me there and they also knew that I always paid for the person behind me.

 Someone might think...Why?!
I think...Why not?!

One time I paid for the same lady twice. She knew it was me that paid for her both times, by the family stickers I have on the back of my mini van. The second time, she followed me to the store parking lot across the street from Starbucks (where I was running an errand) She tapped on my window and let me know that I had bought her coffee twice and both times she was having a horrible morning. She told me that I made her day both times and that she couldn't believe it happened to her not once, but twice.

What a great feeling!

There is more little things we can do to make someones day, other than paying for their coffee or meal. 

A few of the ideas from the blog post I read, that I just loved were:

 1. Put a cafe gift card on the windshield of the car next to you at the coffee shop
2. Put a ‘have a great day’ note on the mirror of a public bathroom
3. Tape this note on the mirror in a store dressing room
4. Tape a bag of microwave popcorn to a red box machine
5.  Put a diaper and new wipes case along with an encouraging note in a changing station
6. Stick a dollar in a children’s book at the library

What all great things...right?! 
{really makes you think}

Have you paid it forward?!
What did you do?!


Annie said...

I LOVE These little acts of kindness....and I really think that you get more out of the doing/giving than the recieving :)

Hillary said...

Once my SIL had the greatest "pay it forward" idea and taped a bunch of quarters to those machines outside restaurants that have candies and toys. She probably brightened so many kids day that day!

Angela said...

I so agree! Doing little things to make other people happy is such a wonderful thing to do. It makes them happy, it makes you happy and everyone wins! Thanks for the reminder!

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

I love those little acts of kindness!

Emily said...

Such a great idea. You know, one time I tried to pay for the person behind me at a McD drive thru and was told by the cashier that they couldn't do that. I was shocked! I need to try again sometime - I'm hoping it was just that one cashier!

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