So, I was in a gas station the other day and was standing behind someone in line at the register. There was a guy at the counter buying a fountain soda, and another lady behind him, but in front of me, who stepped up to the counter and said, “Actually, I’ll get that for you,” as she glanced up at him. I actually thought they came in the store together or she at least knew him, but I was wrong. They didn’t, and she didn’t. She was doing something that I have always thought was a cool idea that they even made a movie out of, but just never really caught on to main stream, b/c of the fact that it would take a major paradigm shift in the way the average person thinks to make it really “stick.”
So, what is this way of thinking and acting that I am referring to? If any of you remember the Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel movie “Pay It Forward,” That is exactly what I am talking about. The lady in the line right in front of me, decided to pay for the guy at the register’s drink with no strings attached and for no reason, other than to do something good for another human being. She paid it forward.
I’ve always thought it to be such a good idea and good way of doing for others, without expecting anything in return. One of the really cool things about it, is that she had no idea as to what he was buying. It didn’t matter. That’s not the point and will get you nowhere if that is how you are looking at it.
Have you ever done that? Have you ever pulled up to the drive through at a Starbucks, McDonald’s, or even a drive through at the cleaners, only to be told by the person at the window that the guy (or girl) in front of you has already paid for your meal or cleaned and pressed clothes (if it was at a dry cleaners)? Moreover, have you ever done that for someone else has. I can say that I have probably only done it for someone else maybe once. Don’t think I’ve ever had anyone do it for me though. and that’s fine. all is as it should be.
Try it on for day. Why not tomorrow? why don’t you try to pay for someone’s food, candy, coffee, or anything else, whether they’re in line behind you or no one else is even in the store with you. It will make you feel better and is like medicine for the soul. You’ll be amazed at how good it will make you feel, knowing that you may have helped some other less fortunate person not have to spend his last 3 dollars. You may of even helped someone who is way more financially stable than you. That’s not the point, the lesson, or the moral of the story here ladies and gentlemen. It’s about finding compassion and kindness in your heart to do something that you know will be appreciated. It’s about being human. Truly being human.
There is so much negativity in this world, and it is so nice to know that there are still people out there that believe in and practice “paying it forward.” If you practice it and try it on for size, that will be one more person on this earth that is taking a moment to step outside of him/herself and doing to others. And, isn’t that what this is all about? I mean, isn’t that what really matters? Helping others? We would not be where we are today as a society (even With all of its many faults) if we hadn’t helped each other, or used someone else’s shoulders to reach new heights from?
Think about it the next time you order that $6 coffee in the morning. You can afford it. It won’t destroy you. But the ramifications could be astounding. If the person you helped did the same to another, and that person did the same for 2 others, and so on and so forth, imagine all the good that could come of it. It could be a type of plague or virus, but instead of being a negative one with negative results, it could quite literally catch on. More importantly it could literally save someone’s life.
I hope everyone goes into this next week with new eyes on and begins to see that if you do for another, you do for yourself. We are all one. We are all one. Like Matthew 25:40 quotes, “I assure you that when you have done it for one of the ….. brothers of mine, you have done it for me.”