Monday, March 21, 2011

Pay it Forward

Pay it Forward, most of you have probably seen this movie or at least know the general plot of it.
you go and do 1 big things for 3 people and all you ask in return is that they do 1 big thing for 3 more people, and they tell them to do something for 3 people etc...
So this movie has a powerful message. I think most people who watched the movie probably told themselves they were at the very least going to go do some random acts of kindness for people. i'm sure a lot of you did indeed go out and do just that, but how long did you do that for? a day? a week? a whole month?
We are always quick to forget the lessons we learn. We forget the difference even a small act of kindness can make. So we need reminded occasionally, through things like the movie Pay it Forward, or seeing someone just go out of their way to help a complete stranger, or maybe being that stranger being helped.

Well i had something happen to me today that reminded. A random act of kindness from a complete stranger.
I was at Taco Bell and i had a coupon for a quad steak burrito. I get to the cashier and i hand her the coupon, she informs me they no longer have that burrito anymore instead they replaced it with the shrimp one. i asked if i could use it on that instead than, and was informed no. I didn't even bring my wallet with me cause i didn't think i would need it, so i walked out and went to my car. i was in the middle of backing up when a fairly attractive older 20's black lady started walking towards my car, so i rolled down the window. she came up and asked if i didn't have any money on me. i told her no, but that it was fine i lived right around the corner. she handed me two dollars and some change and despite my protests was very insistent on me keeping it, so i thanked her and re-parked my car. her car was parked closer to the entrance of the Taco Bell than mine was, so i passed it on my way back inside, as i was passing her she beckoned for me to come over to her car so i did, i began thanking her again when i noticed she was digging through her purse and she said let's see what else i can give you, she then shoves another dollar and some more change into my hand for a total of about $4.50, again being very insistent that i take it. we had a very brief conversation, and then she drove off.

it made my entire day, she was just so nice and friendly to a complete stranger i walked around with a smile on my face for the whole day. it reminded me how much doing something small can impact someone. I plan on going out and spreading good until i forget this lesson again, but i've noticed that each time i'm reminded i seem to remember it for a little bit longer.

Hopefully this will remind some of you and inspire you to go out and do some random acts of kindness, big or small.

17 comments:

  1. Awesome blog! I enjoy reading it! Keep it up :D

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  2. Random acts of kindness are so nice when they finally happen to you. :)

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  3. The movie sounds like a great film, they have it on youtube im going to go watch it. - followed

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  4. nice movie i enjoyed watching this one.

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  5. Sounds like an interesting movie. I'll have to check it out.
    Unfortunately people aren't friendly where I live, so I tend to just stick to helping myself unless it's really important. I've tried helping people before and all they did was sit there and stare at me like I was insane, lol.

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  6. Nice review, haven't heard of this one actually.

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  7. I might have to go watch this now

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  8. Nice review.. I didnt saw it... but I'll try to see it! :) Thank you

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  9. sounds like a good movie! must watch

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  10. indeed those random acts of awesomeness are super cool.

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  11. I love it when humanity surprises me... It always happens when I'm just about to give up hope! Awesome - Followed!

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  12. maybe I should check this movie out

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  13. Good review, keep up the good work!

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  14. Do good things, even if it's a little out of your way. It's always easier to say no, but you feel much better when you do good, because just like you said, that woman's momentary kindness made you happy the rest of the day, and possibly others happy in the future if you continue her example!

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