If you haven't seen the movie, it is based on a small boy who starts a nationwide movement by doing one small good deed for someone in need. The only thing that he asks in return is for that person to pay it forward and do a good deed for someone else. The story continues with thousands of people helping out their fellow man.
This seems to me to be the perfect time of year to pay it forward. There is enough hardship this year to go around, but luckily my family, so far, is not one of those facing the economic turmoil. I always seem to have better intentions than I can actually follow through on.
The movie I described is probably one that is ten years old, but I still think about how I can pay it forward. I do small things like most other people. I make monetary donations here and there. I donate our old clothes and toys to Goodwill or the Veterans organizations. I donate toys to local toys drives, but still I don't feel like I have that personal affect on someones life. To those that I donate to, I am an anonymous person.
I know the things that I mentioned above are good things and that those who receive them appreciate and need them. I will gladly continue to do them, but I feel like it's not enough. So finally, this Christmas season, I will pay it forward.
There is a local army recruiting center down the street from my house. I have always wanted to do something for them to say thank you. This week, just before Christmas, I am taking them lunch as a thank you. The one catch is that they already pay it forward every day.
I want to ask that those who read my blog or are members of Smart Girl Politics think of a way that they can pay it forward. Whether you pay for someones lunch that is in a drive-thru line behind you or buy someones groceries who are in line ahead of you, find a way to pay it forward for someone. You can even get one of those Dear Santa dead letters at your local post office and fulfill someones dream.
I have always wanted to pay it forward and this Christmas I will finally complete the mission. If you chose this mission, I would love for you to come back and share with everyone what you did to pay it forward.