Concept of “Pay It Forward”… Is it possible

Posted Friday, February 10th, 2012. Filed Under Voices of wisdom

I just watched the movie, Pay it Forward, with Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt. I cannot remember who played the little boy, Trevor, however he was amazing. I loved the movie as much the second time as I did the first. I remember thinking what a great concept let’s do it.

The concept is that you do something for someone that impacts their life, from an genuine and altruistic place of heart and loving, with no desire for return, and the only requirement is that they have to agree to pay the concept of the good deed forward to three other people. What you are creating is a multi-level “good deed, pay it forward” model.

I believe that at the time of the movie being released, people loved the concept but likely did not make it happen. Therefore, if you were already this way, then you did these types of good deeds, and if you were not, then not. Why? I believe the world was too much in a place of greed and manipulation. We have been more concerned with the ME than the WE.

Today, I believe this is changing. I truly believe that people are “waking up” and realizing that we are all connected in some way, shape or form and that one act can make a difference. We need to break a cycle that has been created and fostered over the last 20-30 years – the ME factor. We have seen the result of this and it is not good for anyone, any country and the world as a whole.

We are not at the collective level yet (we are getting there) so it really is up to each individual to live this way. Then as more and more people choose to live this way – doing good deeds for people — the larger impact will be felt. You can start right now! Make the choice when given the opportunity to do something that impacts someone, whether you know them or not. You do not know how an act of kindness will impact their life. Even a smile can change someone’s day, especially if they are feeling low. I choose to live this way.

The key to giving is to do so with no expectation for return.

This weekend, do a good deed, something that takes you out of your comfort zone and feel good doing it.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful weekend.

All my love,

Sandra

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