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Friday, December 21, 2012

Pay it Forward

I originally posted the following story last night on Facebook in hopes to see it shared by those I know and those I don't. Sharing is a just one small way of paying it forward and paying forward is my holiday wish. Unfortunately my FB setting wasn't set correctly for shares but I got a ton of likes and comments. Thank you but I do this stuff all the time and in so many ways. It's the way it's supposed to be and shouldn't be out of the ordinary. I don't want extra credit for going out of my way to be what? Kind? I read similar stories and they all touch my heart yet I wonder why this way of life is not the norm for all humankind. Please share!

I was at the checkout counter at the grocery store. I watched as the man in front of me handed the cashier one item at a time while watching the prices being rung in. The last item he handed to the cashier was a bag of candy. He looked nervous as he handed it to her and it was then that she told him he didn't have enough. I saw the disappointment in his eyes. I felt it too. I imagined that he wanted to surprise his children when he got home with a special treat and instead of being a hero he felt like a failure. I watched him turn to leave then I picked up the candy, handed it to the cashier and asked he to ring it up on my order 1st. I ran to catch up with the man and handed him the candy. When he realized what happened, the look in his eyes spoke volumes. It touched my heart so deep yet it didn't take much to get that feeling. All I said to the man was that he deserved to enjoy this and maybe someday he'd consider paying it forward.
Simple. 

These things should happen everyday and everywhere. Giving back and paying it forward doesn't take much effort in fact, sharing this counts as paying it forward. That's my holiday wish list. Pay it forward. ♥ ♥ ♥

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