It is here. Global Pay it Forward Day. A day that I think should be celebrated more than once a year!
For this year’s international Pay it Forward Day (PIFD) we are aiming to inspire over 3 million acts of kindness around the world. Imagine the difference that would make!
During Lent, my “Lenten Sacrifice” was doing a random act of kindness every day for the entire Lenten period. Everyday, I put something in the mailbox of a coworker with a little note attached. A few times it was an orange with a note, “to add a little sunshine to your day.’ Several times it was chocolate or cookies with a note saying, “To add a little sweetness to your day.” None of it cost a lot. I don’t know if anyone realized who it was leaving the treats in their mailboxes. I never stayed around to watch the reaction when they went to their mailbox and found it there. That wasn’t the idea behind it. I didn’t do it for the recognition. I did it because it felt good. I did it with the hope that it would inspire others to do a random act of kindness of their own.
This afternoon, we were out for a bit and Drew came across a row of vending machines. He always looks inside the coin slots to see if any coins were left behind. Today, he found that $1.50 had been left in one of the machines. Not in the coin slot, but in the machine itself. He is convinced that someone did it because today is “Pay it Forward Day.” We have no idea if this is really the reason money was left in the machine, but the fact is, it got all of us thinking about what RAK we should do for someone today.
Tonight, the kids played another game of miniature golf. There are some amazing mini golf courses down here and they’ve tried them all. For our RAK, we left money for two kids to play the course. The woman working there didn’t know about Global Pay it Forward Day, so it was fun to tell her about it because it got her excited about it too. We don’t know who will get those next two games, but hopefully whoever does, will pay it forward by doing something else. That’s the whole idea behind this day.
While Pay it Forward Day focuses on marketing the concept of selfless giving for just one day a year, everyday can be Pay it Forward Day by connecting to the Pay it Forward Foundation at http://www.payitforwardfoundation.org/
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