Who Were You Nice To Today? Pay It Forward!
Thank you Ralph Gorgoglione for your considerate nudge and encouragement from Russel Ray for helping us be accountable for our actions in the activerain community by starting the "Pay it forward accountability group."
When we take the time to write down an act of kindness, we not only help ourselves think about being and doing good, we are showing others the way by example! Being kind to our neighbors, in my humble opinion, is the key to "world peace." We have to help and be kind to one another to progress.
The concept of "pay it forward" exemplifies the ethical practice of living "The Golden Rule". Most faiths has some version of "treating others the way you would want to be treated" as it is a universal concept in doing good.
Mike McCann wrote a post this past week which was another wake up call to be alert to people in need. After reading his post I put jumper cables in my car "survival kit" to be able to help others in time of need as the weather changes. Mike's post "Would you help someone parked in front of the city library if they needed their car jump-started" explains what kind of a wonderful person Mike is and how he pays it forward.
So Who Was I Nice To Today and how did I pay it forward?
I learned a lesson to come forward faster to "pay it forward" last year while waiting in a holiday mailing line at the post office. I watched a man have to take his package back as he had used a "re-cycled" priority box to package his gift but wanted to send it regular mail. Someone had mailed him something in the priority box, he reused the box to mail his Christmas gift and the post office clerk would not let him do that. He had to pay priority rates even when using a re-cycled box. He did not have the extra 2 dollars so was going to have to go home and put brown paper on the box to be able to use it and send it regular mail rates. I kick myself for NOT stepping up and giving him the additional $2.00 to mail his package. By the time I had my "self talk" it was too late and he was gone.
Lesson learned. Now I am observant to people in any line and can step up to help when needed. Yesterday, I was at our local Williams, Arizona post office and saw a woman looking at the mailing envelopes. She was asking the clerk how much they were. She counted the coins in her pocket and she did not have enough. I did not have to think twice this time and offered to pay for the envelope for her. She was thrilled and I was thrilled as I did not have to think about being good, I just did it.
Thank you again Ralph Gorgoglione for helping us all make the world a better place by helping each other and truly "loving our neighbor" by paying it forward. Personal growth, giving and the paying it forward concept is one of the dots that need to be connected to create balance in life!