Friday, December 3, 2010

Pay It Forward-Give Of Yourself Every Day

December has a Pay It Forward Day (at least that one pal on my Facebook says--so I'll roll with that info). I think it is a fabulous concept to carry in our hearts. However, I'd like to challenge all my friends and followers to have a Pay It Forward spirit throughout the year, every day, as we chug along and pursue our goals.

If we are able to pursue our goals, whatever they may be, then we are blessed. If we are educated, able to read, live in a country where freedom is a concept, not just a word, then we are blessed. If we have leisure time, can take time to read a book, cook a nice meal, break bread with friends and family then we are blessed.

If we can walk, talk, breath, sing, dance then we are blessed.

Yes, there are dark days. Yes, we all have tragedies that will occur in our lives. Yes, we will falter. But if we remember that we are truly blessed, we can carry that blessing into the world. This isn't a religious thing. This is a "gee, gosh darn it you are bloody lucky and fortunate to live in a world where even having the time to read this blog is a big deal."

Seriously. It is.

So as you pursue your dreams, shoot for the moon, grab for the stars I hope you also remember to share yourself and Pay It Forward every day. Every day ask yourself what you are doing to make at least one person's life a bit better. I'm talking about strangers, people you meet in random ways, people you might never see again.

Many people want to accomplish BIG things and they go about changing the world. In BIG ways. That's great. That's wonderful. But if we can't practice kindness in small ways, we will never be tasked with big requests from the universe. Therefore I believe it is in the little acts of kindness that we truly evoke big changes in the world. A nice word, a friendly smile, a thank you, a compliment can go a long way to brighten a person's life. You never know how much of a difference one small act of kindness can cause. It is a ripple effect. The more ripples you gently stir into the waters of humanity, then the greater the waves of goodness will become in our world.

And we don't have to shout out our good deeds or advertise them. We can be daily living examples of trying to live a life with purpose and kindness and compassion regardless of our religious beliefs, our backgrounds, or our cultures. So I encourage you to be aware of the people around you and to consciously and purposefully choose to act with kindness and compassion in your everyday encounters.


Ian said...

good post,bravo

Christine said...

Thank you Ian. I appreciate your kind words. I hope you have a fabulous day :-)

Ian said...


Anne Gallagher said...

I try and Pay it Forward every day. It's hard sometimes but it does make a difference. Even the littlest things can go a long way.

Thanks Christine. Great post.

Christine said...

Good morning Anne. I'm glad you enjoyed the post and that you practice paying it forward. It is a good way to live :-)

Pam said...

What a beautiful post, Christine. It is so true that it is the little things that make all the difference and the human connections that make life worth living. I am striving every day is to focus on what I have instead of what I am missing, and to try to lighten the load for others in any way I can, even if it's just with a smile or a kind word. Thanks for the reminder.

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Christine said...

Hi Pam: I'm glad you enjoyed the post. You're right -- a smile and a kind word are all that it takes to brighten the day.

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Bob West said...

I enjoyed reading your blog.
Very interesting and I have now become a follower.
Hopefully you will get a lot out of mine also.
God Bless, Bob

Christine said...

Hi Bob: Welcome to the veranda. I'm glad you enjoyed my Friday motivational blog post. I will pop over to see your blog as well.