“A purposeful act or extension of kindness to another is never wasted, for it always resides in the hearts of all involved in a chain of love.”

― Molly Friedenfeld, The Book of Simple Human Truths: Inspiration, Love & Wisdom

Pay it forward is a term describing the recipient of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original sponsor.

The 2000 film staring Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment, Helen Hunt, and Jay Mohr.
The 2000 film staring Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment, Helen Hunt, and Jay Mohr.

Over the summer I probably watched Pay It Forward 3 or 4 times and. This movement started with  a young child in Las Vegas who had this idea of paying it forward that spread across the country (I won’t give any more of the movie away but I suggest you give it a watch).

At the start of 2013 there was a ‘mini movement’, if you will, that I saw with a lot of my connections. My friends put up on their social media accounts that offered hand written notes to 10 people that commented throughout 2013. I myself took part in this and even scheduled in my planner the different dates to send each person’s hand written note (maybe this was more for accountability on my part and to spread it out over the year).

Something so small can help show others that the world is still an OK place. These random acts of kindness can help go along way- leaving an opening while driving to let people in or picking up trash on your campus or in your neighborhood (my fellow grad students will remember this from a professor).

It’s so true though, these little pieces of good deeds to others can have such an impact. The only thanks that you should want would be for those people to help others.

I charge you with this- help one person today (or when you can) and in return have them help one more person. Keep this chain going.

“Because it proves that you don’t need much to change the entire world for the better. You can start with the most ordinary ingredients. You can start with the world you’ve got.”
― Catherine Ryan Hyde, Pay It Forward

On a personal note: Yes, I’m still here. This summer has been a big transition for me and I’ve taken a lot of time for myself.


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