Aren’t you just sick and tired of all the horrid news we hear? Sick and tired of the doom, the gloom, the suffering, the pain? Especially as it’s getting a whole lot worse right now? Maybe you just donâ€™t even listen to the news anymore, or at any rate less frequently, precisely because it just gets you down.
But of course all the pain that gets created in this world is not to be denied. It must be faced and healed. There is no two ways about that. But…..nonetheless, it is but one aspect, not the whole.
A more vital aspect is that human beings are, at their core, hugely caring, loving beings who can be (and want to be) generous and kind even to an absolute stranger. One of my blog friends sent me this video (thank you) – top right, click post title first. It’s about a concept that is just phenomenal: Paying It Forward. I’ve added more related and similarly inspiring videos below.
Please watch these short videos….and then, if you feel moved, please go pay it forward next time you are at a drive-through, a petrol station, a cafe, a restaurant. Don’t worry about the money (but hey, don’t go giving away your last pound or dollar!), don’t worry about whether it will be appreciated (though it will even if not obviously), don’t worry about the size of your gesture (small is good). Just go do it! There are opportunities every single day to help others in many, different ways, whether with money or without.
The video top right brought tears to my eyes. You know, this is what healing is. It is transmuting that which is sick and tired into a sudden explosion of humanity and love through generous, conscious action. Thatâ€™s what your random act of kindness will do â€“ it will heal.
I’m going to be paying it forward (only watched these videos tonight, and wanted to write up this blog post straight away, so havenâ€™t had a chance to do pay it forward yet) because it is in these small ways that big changes happen. It starts with you. It starts with each of us. When the heart is moved, it softens, it acts and the whole world changes.
Apparently there was a book and a film, from where the term ‘Pay It Forward’ arose.
One last word of advice – make sure you pay it forward anonymously. You see, therein the ego doesn’t get a look in.
Here’s a lovely video describing the Pay It Forward Principle:
And more inspiration:
Maybe you got some ideas for some random acts of kindness you can now do for others from the above videos. Let’s help soften each other’s heavy hearts.
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