PAY IT FORWARD MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Wouldn’t it be great if emotions that we felt during the Christmas season or positive social events could be “saved” within us and spread around during times when chaos and destruction prevail? Even better, not wait until a catastrophic even occurs to help others but spread compassion and action deeds each and every day?
Over the years, each of us have felt some positive passions (joy, thankfulness) or negative reactions (sorrow or anger). Just as we all identify with the loss of a loved one (no matter the nationality) there is a commonality with all emotions. In this article, emphasis will be placed on encouraging happiness through acts of goodwill. Below are some examples:
Positive and caring situations and events create a positive atmosphere:
- During particular events, functions or holidays (birthday of a child, weddings or celebrating Christmas)
- Helping people in need during times of need or tragedies (promotes sense of well-being, usefulness)
- Power of prayer is powerful and creates a positive influence that can easily spread abroad.
Initially, I had named this article, “Saving Emotions”. I was leaning towards the premise of discussing how to collect, save and use our “encouragement and optimism” in times of misfortunes or tragedies or calamities. The words Pay It Forward came to mind. The concept is basic and enables one person to make a difference in another person’s life simply by performing a kind random act.
Concept of “Pay It Forward”
By applying the concept of “pay it forward”, there is no need to wait for a tragedy or catastrophic event to occur. A kind act can take place by anyone at anytime. With that in mind, it’s a powerful tool that any one regardless of age can participate in. One can carry groceries for another, anonymously pay for cup of coffee or volunteer a day offering to read at a function or group home.
There is so much happening around today that we oftentimes find ourselves in a perpetual state of frustration and hopelessness. By becoming proactive, we can break the cycle of our negative feelings of frustration and hopelessness. So what to do? One way to become active is make a conscious decision to do something nice for a stranger once a week. Even something as simple as a smile can make all the difference to someone feeling alone or sad; and it’s free!
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken
together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with with the
measure you use it will be measured back to you.” ~Luke 6:38