I Pay It Forward

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    For those of you who have never seen the movie,

    Pay It Forward is about this kid who gets this idea on how to make the world by doing something called Pay It Forward. He does something nice for 3 people, then they do something nice for 3 people and so on. Soon it gains a big following and a bunch of stuff happens. This movie...
    puggylovey puggylovey
    18-21, M
    Nov 27, 2015

    Random Selfless Acts: Giving Blood

    It was high noon on Wednesday when I visited my local VA clinic for a quick stop. I needed to pick up a pair of shoe inserts I ordered a while ago and it had arrived to the clinic about a week ago. I have been busy the past week and it was until today that I was able to stop by...
    mrgman mrgman
    36-40, M
    2 Responses May 19, 2011

    Maybe I don't... I do usually give more

    than I get... I could be completely wrong though. Just means I need to be more generous I guess.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Nov 9, 2015

    Nothing Expected In Return For Me

    I do something at least once everyday. I always have and always will "pay it forward ". It's not a belief for me but it is a lifestyle I believe we all should be. I feel no emotion when I help people in need or kind gesture I do. People are left confused or guarded sometimes on...
    38Phoenix 38Phoenix
    36-40, M
    1 Response Jan 5, 2013

    Hello everyone my name is Vanessa,

    Im with a Company call " Total Life Changes" we're in the business of making people healthier and wealthier. People that are tired of struggling and want to do better for them selves and their family. We would love for you to join us on a call from 3-10pm hour on the hour to...
    VanessaIaso VanessaIaso
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jul 25, 2015

    "It doesn't matter what others are doing.

    It matters what YOU are doing" -ss
    mymilsobeginning mymilsobeginning
    22-25, F
    Mar 6

    When people give me things

    or buy me thing. I always have to pay you back. You can tell me "don't worry about it please it's cool" I always have to pay you back. I would pay you back when your sleeping. I would stick the buck in your pocket that way you can wake up and check your pocket and think you...
    lorrena19 lorrena19
    18-21, F
    May 13, 2015

    I'll admit I don't do it aways

    but I try to do it as much as possible
    bemmie bemmie
    18-21, F
    Dec 24, 2014

    Paid it forward twice today

    and was reward when I stupidly lost my wallet and a Good Samaritan turned it in. Thank you!!!
    Blackfyre1 Blackfyre1
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Apr 1, 2015

    Paying it forward is something I honestly

    believe so many of us were doing long before there was a term attributed to the actions we took in our lives. Now that it has a name it almost becomes a self-conscious act by default. None the less, I embrace its spirit. A few years back I was in need of a new vehicle and at...
    WellFrog WellFrog
    46-50, M
    1 Response Nov 20, 2015

    I believe in ''karma''

    and the ''golden rule''. Just think how wonderful the world would be if we all adhered, even just on occasion.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Jul 1, 2015

    Big Or Small

    I like to do favours for others because I know how much a friendly thought can mean to someone, especially when they don't know who or where it came from. The thought of a kind gesture having a butterfly effect... being carried away and sending out ripple effects that flow on to...
    lipbloss lipbloss
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Sep 6, 2011

    i met a new friend and i noticed she is

    generous. i didnt feel comfortable about it. i attempted to decline everything she gives or repay what ever she gave but it made her sad. So now, everytime she gives me something I treat my co-workers for lunch or buy toys for their children. i now feel okay about it...
    iamd08 iamd08
    31-35, F
    1 Response Apr 1, 2015

    I was at bar by myself having a few beers

    and a pretty girl walks in and sits on the other side. I hear her tell the bar tender she was just having the one. I noticed a ring on her finger so I wasn't going to hit on her or anything...not that it'd usually stop me, but not tonight, but as I tabbed out I told him to put...
    mrtexasguy mrtexasguy
    41-45, M
    4 Responses Feb 2, 2015
    reddrums420 reddrums420
    36-40, M
    3 Responses Feb 28, 2015

    As Often As I Can

    I pay it forward as much as I can. I believe that everyone should pay it forward as often as they can. Its a great feeling you get, when you can do something nice for someone, and not expect anything n return.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Mar 24, 2013

    I feel like nobody cares about me.

    Like I don't matter. I have cerebral palsy. My mom died when I was 17. My gf broke up with me afterv6 years January 1st. I felt like I lived to be her best friend and take care of her. She could not go one day with out talking. Then a switch flipped where she didn't want to do...
    dustinb85 dustinb85
    31-35, M
    1 Response Feb 25

    I've learned some things throughout my life

    that I think some people here might find useful and helpful and therefore I will make a series of posts about life and people's mind. I want to give back and to pay it forward to the EP community.
    unknownpoetx unknownpoetx
    31-35, M
    Apr 8, 2015

    Give, Receive And Dance....

    People often say that idealistic views are impractical. I think, that's only until one or some of us start practising some little part of that ideal. It might still not be a winning game, but thats only until someone wins!The students of Harker class of 2013 chose who should give...
    thoughtbubble thoughtbubble
    36-40, M
    4 Responses Jul 9, 2013

    Today I went to IHOP with my kids.

    In the table next to ours was a very young mom with her two kids, just like me, but many years ago. I heard her say to her kids something I've had to say more times than I can count. "Honey, you can only have this because it's all I can afford." I noticed she herself did not...
    cmyk323 cmyk323
    41-45, F
    30 Responses Jul 25, 2015

    Because I can no matter how good

    or bad life is I will always appreciate it being alive and living are two different things .
    dam28 dam28
    36-40, M
    1 Response May 13, 2015

    When I pick up a news paper

    or watch news on TV I read or hear more negative than positive. More violence than human kindness. More hatred than love. It's a sad world we live in today. We can change it one smile, one hug, one good deed at a time. Be a blessing to someone today.
    CherokeePrincess1019 CherokeePrincess1019
    56-60, F
    4 Responses Mar 20

    Long time since I heard this,

    so thank you Shilla7575. Wiki: Pay it forward is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor. The concept is old, but the phrase may have been coined by Lily Hardy Hammond in her 1916 book In the...
    TValentine TValentine
    56-60, M
    1 Response Apr 3

    So today I was in a giving mood.

    So before work, I purposely drove out of my way to a Starbucks that has a drive thru window. I got my drink and paid for the lady behind me. I always find it FUNNY how the Barista(sp) feels the need to tell me the persons drink order, like it really matters.. :) She asked if...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    4 Responses Mar 24, 2015

    my husband is really proud

    that i do books for small businesses that can't afford to hire an accountant. I'm a CPA, but not working for pay right now. so i do books and consulting for a farmer, coffee shop, and horse trainer for in-kind payment instead of cash. whatever they can afford, even if it's...
    tryingtobeamazing tryingtobeamazing
    41-45, F
    1 Response Apr 8, 2015

    I just put scratch off lottery tickets all over

    target with my kids - so fun!!! And a great lesson for them at the same time!
    myhousemyrules myhousemyrules
    41-45, F
    Oct 10, 2015

    I enjoy chatting and helping people.

    Some times you just have to vent or need a friend. HMU I'm here for you.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Jul 8, 2015

    'pay It Forward'

    I have done this all my life without putting a name to it.If I help someone stranded on the side of the road I will not take money for it.2 stories come to mind immediately. While on my way to a business meeting about an hour from my home, I came across a couple on the side of...
    mailmanshadow mailmanshadow
    51-55, M
    32 Responses Apr 19, 2011

    Unselfish Love

    A 5 year old boy in South Africa was given the gift of a brand new, robotic hand. Who gave him such a gift? Two complete strangers that lived over 10,000 miles away!Liam was born without fingers in his right hand. His mother looked online for solutions that would help Liam live a...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Feb 27, 2013

    Good karma! Believe in it.

    I especially enjoy doing random acts of kindness while traveling, I feel it sets up for a great trip. For instance in airports I buy the people behind me in line their coffee and leave quietly before they know what's happened :-)
    rasii rasii
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Jul 4, 2015
    Marineprefix Marineprefix
    41-45, M
    1 Response Jul 12, 2015

    Random Selfless Acts: Giving Back

    It was late Sunday night; my wife just asked me to help taking the laundry to the Laundromat. I was underneath my office desk, flashlight in hand trying to figure out why my computer won't turn on. The machine just stopped working couple days ago and I was in between the desktop...
    mrgman mrgman
    36-40, M
    7 Responses May 19, 2011

    In honor of thanksgiving I bought a less

    fortunate family everything they needed to enjoy a delicious thanksgiving meal! I also gave a crib to another family who didn't have one for there two month old baby, my parents always taught me to pay it forward :)
    bayg1994 bayg1994
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Nov 29, 2014

    Narayanan Krishnan- Loves To Give

    Krishnan was an award-winning chef with Taj Hotels, Bangalore and was short-listed for an elite job in Switzerland. After witnessing a distressing incident in 2002, he quit his job and began feeding the homeless and mentally disabled in his hometown.He said, "I saw a very old...
    RedPi RedPi
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Mar 28, 2013

    Don't want to take any debt with me

    when ya'll lay me down to sleep, six feet down under.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Apr 17, 2015

    Paying it forward is like an instinct to me😂

    I mean why not help others out? Honestly I wish that I could pay everybody forward because kindness should be ever lasting. Unfortunately I was unable to do so. I met this young man at Kroger and he really broke my heart. The best I can do is share his story and hopefully he...
    JasonMasters93 JasonMasters93
    22-25, M
    Jul 13, 2015

    I think its funny "i pay it forward" was an

    option here. Some guy asked me for change for a donut and a coffee and i handed him a $5er - he was so surprised that he insisted on giving me change back or he could pay it forward. I instantly said "of course pay it forward- always pay it forward my friend :)" ... After work...
    2day42day 2day42day
    36-40, F
    4 Responses May 24, 2015

    When people buy me things .

    I always pay them back. I feel bad they are spending money on me, I'm not broke so I do pay them back that day or the next day, I don't wait for 3 days. I always pay you back.
    lorrena19 lorrena19
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Feb 27, 2015

    Just Do It, Don't Think Too Much...

    Yesterday I was at a multiplex cinema hall to watch a movie. I was tired from travel and was transiting for the next. I bought myself a ticket for a recliner seat in the top line, paying 30% extra from the regular seats. The movie was to start in a few minutes. To my right was a...
    thoughtbubble thoughtbubble
    36-40, M
    4 Responses Oct 4, 2013

    I never have money for offering at church

    because I give it away to all the homeless people...
    ohsnapsitsnina ohsnapsitsnina
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jul 16, 2015
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