What does it Mean to Pay it Forward?
What does it mean to pay it forward? Years ago, I was on vacation. While washing my hands in the bathroom, a woman dried her hands and pumped the paper towel holder a few extra times for me to grab. As a bit germ-phobic, I appreciated her kindness and when I said thank you, she replied…. “Pay it forward.” Since then, I have tried to do random acts of kindness as much as possible to pay it forward constantly. Small things count.
What does it Mean to Pay if forwarding?
Pay it to forward meaning.
Last week I pushed 2 abandoned shopping carts out of the accessible parking spot to ensure someone who needed the area could use it.
This week I cleared the table while we were out to dinner. I have 2 messy kids and all our waitress needed to do was pick up the stacked plates with all the garbage on them and take them away. Is it her job to clear our table? Yes. Could I make it easier for her? Yes, so we did.
While being a good samaritan, I have often gotten angry at the lack of acknowledgment for my good deeds. Am I doing them to get credit? No. But a simple hand in the rearview mirror would be lovely when I let you in my lane by waving you in.
It seriously shocks me how rude and inconsiderate people can be. While I’m carrying my son and holding my daughter’s hand and somehow holding the door for the person behind me with my spare hip and the person walks in without a thank you, I’m stunned. The irony is that the toddler I’m holding has better manners than the adult who walked by us.
I run into too few good samaritans and many people preoccupied with themselves or their phones. So today, I encourage you to pay it forward, do a good deed and if that’s not possible, at least try to say thank you to those trying to do so.
I think everyone should be friendly in a world and country so divided these days. Such a juvenile concept, I know. But be nice. Many people have hate in their hearts and sadness in their minds. These things add up to behaviors that only continue the cycle upon others. So let’s focus on being nice to ourselves and others. Kindness goes a long way.