Do you remember the movie “Pay It Forward” with Kevin Spacey? The basis of the movie revolved around a school project where Haley Joel Osment thought a good deed should be passed on to another person instead of repaid. I’ve always loved that movie, its profound.
I have found in my life during difficult times an opportunity will present itself. One opened and we took it. My daughter knows a family that has fallen on very difficult times. They weren’t able to purchase anything for back to school. No shoes, no shirts, no school supplies. It broke my heart, and even while I’m in the middle of a work transition myself my husband and I knew we needed to help, so we did.
I was a bit nervous about approaching the mom. I didn’t know how she would interpret our kindness, but as I met her the other morning tears spilled from her eyes. She mentioned that somehow she would pay us back.
“No, please just pass along the blessing to someone else who needs it. That’s all we ask,” I said.
“Pay it forward,” she replied.
I have no doubt in my mind that she will do just that.
I can’t tell you what it felt like watching my daughter help her friend pick out clothes. I almost cried.
Can you imagine what a different world we would live in today if people adopted this philosophy? Just one-act can cause a domino effect, but it’s our choice. What will your choice be?
Until Next Time…