I was recently invited to attend Pay it Forward Day
on Wednesday, December, 1, 2010 from a friend on Facebook. I thought it was a brilliant idea and one that many of us do on a routine basis. There is an actual world-wide Pay it Forward Day that will be held on April 28, 2011 as well. I personally think there should be more days to consider paying it forward than 1 or 2 days a year.
Here are a few details that are provided by the site Pay it Forward Day
that I wanted to share because it was so well-written.
There is tremendous power and positive energy in giving – it is a shame that not enough people have experienced it to the fullest. Pay It Forward Day is about all people, from all walks of life giving to someone else and making a positive difference. At last count there were more than 28 countries around the world participating in the day.
So why Pay it Forward?
- To encourage all of us to embrace the incredible power of giving
- To show each other that we care and that there is love, hope and magic all around us
- To know that we may be only one person in this world, but to one person, at one time, we are the world
Make a difference and experience the true power of giving. Together we can change the world – one good deed at a time!
There are many who may be aware of the idea behind paying it forward, and there are those who simply don't care to do so. That's what makes the world go round though, right?!?! You have your choices and sometimes those choices work out, and then some don't. I always say Karma is a mean, mean thing sometimes.
I am a firm believer of paying it forward and try to do something everyday to support my belief it in. Not sure how to pay it forward? Here are a few that I do, and a few that I have found online:
- Buy someone's coffee in line
- Hold the door open for the person behind you
- Return someone's shopping cart for them
- Pay the toll for a vehicle behind you
- Help someone put their groceries in their vehicle
- Let someone go in front of you in line
- Volunteer at your child's school or for a local non-profit organization
- Help someone out in need
- Share your knowledge of the internet or marketing with someone
- Support a local business
- Be a mentor to someone who needs some support
- Volunteer to read a book to a classroom
- Tell the manager at the store or restaurant how wonderful your experience was. Letting them know how well their employee treated you goes a long way. It will also brighten someones day.
- At your office, be sure to thank everyone for what they do. Everyone's part is essential and no one's job is purposeless. Thank the mail person, the girl who orders supplies, the janitor.
What about you? How do you Pay it Forward? Let me know.
It's not always about what's in it directly for you, but what it does for someone else. Paying it forward is not very complicated and I hope you will think about trying it as well. So, join me in Pay it Forward Day I look forward to hearing what you did.