What is Pay it Forward?
Pay it Forward
Definition: the act of voluntarily helping another without expectation of payback
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Pay It Forward
This thread may need to be moved, but we'll see how it goes.
Here is my proposal to the Members of ATS
Would you like to help me Pay It Forward?
These are very small and simple acts of generosity to complete strangers with no intention of that person repaying the favor to you.
Often we run into strangers that may cross us because they are having a bad day, we can allow that to ruin our day, or make an effort to help that
person in some small way without them even noticing it.
I frequently offer change to those who might be slightly short, or allow someone to jump ahead of me in the grocery line at the check outs. Nothing
big, just a small act of generosity.
These can span from something this small, or something much larger. It is your decision to make how far you want to go with this.
I'll begin with my first story of Paying it forward that happened a few weeks ago. I entered KFC to pick up a burger and I walked over to grab some
utensils before placing my order. By the time I returned to the line up, a younger individual had entered and taken my spot in the line up. He was
aware of this, but seemed to be having a rough day and honestly couldn't care less of how it affected me.
I shook it off, even though it really urked me. Well as he made his order, he pulled out the debit card to pay for his food. This took awhile, he
had a few Insufficient Funds pop up or even that he put in the wrong information. After a few times of failing, his food was on the counter and he
was growing more and more embarrassed. After about 4 or 5 times of sliding his card with no success, he began to turn and walk out of the store with
his head between his toes.
I quickly signaled to the worker behind the counter that I would help out and she yelled to the man to take the food, that the card finally worked.
He walked out scractching his head, wasn't sure if the girl behind the counter gave him a freebie or if someone in the line up had covered him.
He didn't ask, we didn't tell.
When it came time for me to make my purchase, his tab was dropped on time of mine and we both left happy that day. I felt better for helping someone
out, and he left with his food and dignity.
Not everybody is going to do this, and it should not be expected of everyone to do this. But I think those of us who have something to spare, should
help out those who could use it. Even if it is only a small act of generosity, every little bit helps.
Does anyone else have a story to share? How about becoming inspired and when you find yourself in a situation where you could help, we take the
initiative and lend a helping hand.
This may flop, this may take off. But I plan to continue to pay it forward and share my stories with anyone who wants to listen.
I'd love to hear your stories.