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.