A ripple effect of kindness.
Pay it Forward; is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor. Wikipedia
In other words, don’t pay back to me, pay it forward to someone else.
Better known in USA, and made famous by the film Pay It Forward starring Kevin Spacey based on a true story of the Catherine Ryan Hyde book “Pay It Forward”, the Pay it Forward Movement is something the world can be proud of and more importantly be part of.
- The world where everyone “makes someone else’s day” at least once every day.
- The joy of giving regularly and receiving Random Acts of Kindness (RAKs).
- The sense of determination we get as we focus our attention on giving to others, every day.
- The positive environment created by regular acts of kindness in our world.
Now that’s a world worth living in. The flow of the act of goodness would be extraordinary. Inspired much?
The Pay It Forward movement started well before anyone can remember, and in 2007 Pay It Forward Day initiative was founded by Australian Blake Beattie. Pay it Forward Day is held in April each year and is a global initiative including over 80 countries and counting.
There’s some fantastic stories of people paying it forward all over the web. One of my favourites, Original Joe’s (went viral) when a woman left her car out the front of their restaurant she returned the next day to find a note on her windscreen. It read:
“Dear Original Joe’s Sherwood Park Guest,
Just wanted to thank you for leaving your car parked overnight. I’m not sure if you had consumed alcohol at our restaurant or not, but we wanted to thank you for not drinking and driving. Enclosed is voucher good for 1lb of our delicious chicken wings. Please accept this as a thank you for being responsible. Life is valuable, have a great weekend.”
Obviously you don’t have to wait until Pay It Forward Day to make a difference. There’s so many creative ways you can contribute, like shouting someone you don’t know a coffee or a favourite is paying for the meal of the person behind you in a Macca’s drive-through. But I think it can go deeper than that.
It’s the basics of life, like teaching your children to be kind and accepting of others. That being kind to others will make them a better person. Demonstrating this in the actions that we take, whether at work or at home and how they can feel good about their days and their community with the small acts that make a big difference.
A great example of people doing kind in Australia are the The Ignite Team in Bowen, a town in North Queensland. Here’s a hilarious clip on what they’ve been up to, I just had to share. They’ve caused a ripple effect that not only makes them feel good, but everyone around them in their small town, boosting morale and sending all around #goodvibes.
GDD: We've really gone out on a limb with our 10th GDD – we've tried to start a national holiday! Have a watch, like the video, share the love and together we can make "Help a Mate Day" a national holiday! Enjoy 🙂 #ignitebowen #teamignite
Posted by Ignite Bowen on Monday, 29 February 2016