Paying it Forward
Nah, I’m not doing a movie review this week… rather, I want to talk about the practice of paying it forward, and the importance of doing so in everyday life. Doing good deeds is far more deeply rooted in importance in our society than even the Biblical stories we discuss on here all the time. It’s about being a good person, doing good things for others, and in return, relishing in the enjoyment of others as the whole world becomes a better place.
In the movie (based off a book) Pay It Forward, Trevor begins a school project. He does a good deed for three people, asking them to do it for three others. The result is a chain reaction of awesomeness, of helping hands and loving hearts, and though the movie doesn’t have a happy ending, Trevor’s hard work pays off in the quality of the world and lives around him.
Today, at the grocery store, the tills were only taking cash. But they didn’t post that the debit/credit was down on the door… only on the registers. So I got all my shopping done before I realized I couldn’t pay because I was carrying only plastic payment forms, and had to abandon all my groceries and head to another store.
But on my way out the door, a woman flagged me down and said, “Ms? Ms! I can pay for yours, too. I have extra.”
I looked at her like she was on glue… and then shook my head and said, “No, of course not! But thank you so much, really… wow.”
And she said to me, “Please… it’s no trouble. Let me pay for your groceries. I remember having kids.” (My three heathens were holding hands spinning in circles by the checkout lanes prior to my realization that I couldn’t pay.)
I said, “Honestly, I’ll just go to the other store. Thank you for being so generous… wow.” I just kept saying wow. Because wow.
And she tried one more time to persist, so I said to her, “Listen, you’re a saint for this. Thank you so much for the offer… but we have the money, just not in cash. Save your money for someone who needs it.”
And she smiled at me, wished me well, and we parted ways.
But it got me thinking. Now would be a good time (for no other reason than that this lady showed me such random kindness) to start a chain reaction of good deeds. So tomorrow, I’m going to look for a moment to perform a random act of kindness that’s needed, and hope others will pass it on to those in need. Because the size of that woman’s heart astounded me, and her generosity was beyond anything I expected out of any stranger.
Who wants to do it with me: Pay It Forward?