“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” John Holmes
Here are a few stories that come to my mind of situations in life where I have tried to do this. We probably all have our own!
A young couple in Nottingham(a town i used to live, in the uk) were getting irate because they have spent all their money on drink… And are somehow trying to get into a taxi they obviously now cannot afford… They get angrier and this is about to turn real ugly. Without thinking I walk up and hand the couple ten pounds to get home. This immediately shocks them and in they are at peace and no one gets hurt.
A friend recently was crying as she hadn’t got the money to treat her kids to nice supermarket things for over Christmas.. One low wage in the household things are stretched real tight so again I offer with a friend to get her a large hamper again handing over a note.. The friend is sobbing over whelmed.
Another friend at the end of the month has no money to get lunch and about a pound left to last. Again I offer some money and another friend seeing this also offers which then encourages another to whip him up a little picnic lunch…
Whether stranger or friend, If another human being is in genuine need, I respond.
“I’m not rich, I’m a part timer on min wage with debts of my own here but sometimes there is that pull to help another human being out.”
I think the phrase “pay it forward” is a beautiful one as I believe what goes around comes around and I have to admit whether given in joy or reluctance what I receive back is more than worth it whether it’s an emotional or physical gain.
What I’ve learned also, is that generosity is addictive, it is.. It inspires it empowers it breaks down barriers it’s life saving its humbling.
I’d like to hope that I can be more generous but I can also learn to receive off others when I am in need. I believe generosity breeds generosity.
When strangers or friends were generous to you, how did you react and how did you feel in situations where you was the generous person?
“Generosity does not have to come in monetary form. A bit of kindness can go a long way” Alexander Simmonds2018
If you haven’t seen the film “Pay it forward I recommend it”
Is it possible to change the world for the better?
385 ways to “pay it forward” I believe so! I know so!
Thanks for visiting pop back soon. Please feel free to comment or share your experiences just to encourage another:)