Pay It Forward
Recently it seems I’ve heard more stories of people “paying it forward” than usual, and this has inspired me in a way. I read a story sent by someone close to a former, and now deceased, client about giving school supplies to those who are less fortunate in the Houston area. I had not heard from this church pastor in quite a while, but I was so glad he thought to send such a great story to me. The next morning, I heard a story on the radio about a contest winner who had just won some incredible concert tickets, then turned around and gave them to someone temporarily in the area for treatment at MD Anderson who really wanted to go to the concert.
We should all be paying it forward when we are able. Whether its donating household items or clothes you could sell, or taking care of a small task for someone without asking for a return favor, or picking up breakfast, lunch or dinner for someone who is busy, there are many things that can be done to help someone in one way or another. And if you have kids, you are teaching them a very valuable lesson and setting an example that should make you beam with pride!
There’s no better time than now, as our Louisiana and Mississippi neighbors are dealing with relentless rain and flooding from Hurricane Isaac. Residents of both states are experiencing the devastation of losing their homes and everything inside. They will need new homes, but they will also need things that many of us keep around just in case we need it someday. But would you miss these extras if they were gone? I know there are people who will need them so much more than I would miss them. Find a way to pay it forward, whether it is for the victims of Hurricane Isaac or for a neighbor, friend, co-worker, family member or stranger in need!