Heading home from an afternoon out shopping with my mother not long ago, we drove through the Sonic drive-thru for a quick lunch. I was very surprised to hear the Sonic employee tell me at the window that the gentleman in the car behind me wanted to pay for our lunch.
The first thing my mother and I did was to turn around and see who it was... expecting to see someone we knew. But it was someone we didn't know. We had never this truck or the driver before. We thanked him with waves and smiles, which he humbly returned. It was obviously not done for recognition. I've never forgotten that day or the kindness he showed us... two people he'd never met. Something like this makes you want to jump in with both feet. You start looking for something you can do in return.
Once again, I witnessed it on Friday when Ian at The Daily Dose of Reality chose to Pay It Forward with a give-away he chose to bestow upon one of his readers, rather than keep it for himself.
I've decided that, although I cannot change the world, I can change me. I am going to seek out ways to Pay It Forward each week. I will post on my "Pay It Forward Fridays" something I've found to to do for someone else. I created a button just for this and invite all of you to play along and Pay It Forward. It can be the simplest of things. Make an effort to go that extra step. I look forward to hearing about your gestures of kindness and the impact it made on someone.