Have you ever been the recipient of a Pay-It-Forward award? Our copywriter, Pat, was. Twice! We love hearing stories about people Paying it Forward Over the Holidays! Pat lived near the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach, California where there was a toll to cross over the waterways into San Pedro. When she arrived at the toll both, she was told that someone in front of her had paid her toll! She tried to catch the car and wave “Thanks,” but they didn’t want to be caught.
The second time happened after the Las Vegas shooting. Pat was at a restaurant in Yucaipa, CA and the waitress explained that she’d been there in Vegas when the shooting started but found cover and was not hit. When the waitress told this to another customer, that first customer decided to pay someone else’s bill in honor of her narrow escape.
After the first customer left, she shared that story with the second customer and told them that their meal had been paid for. We were the third customer, because the second customer paid for Pat’s bill….and she paid for the fourth customer’s bill. Wouldn’t you just love to know how far it went that day?
Paying it Forward Over the Holidays
Now it’s Christmastime when giving is the theme. I just know y’all are crazy inventive and don’t need my ideas for ways to Pay-It-Forward this season, but I’m going to tell you anyway! I think our country could use some small acts of kindness from us here in Texas. And the best part? None of these involve spending money.
- When you’re out shopping, scan faces until you find one that looks “down.” Invite them mentally to look up at you and give them one of your most radiant smiles.
- Hold the door open for another shopper and give them one of your lovely smiles, too.
- Think of a dear friend you’ve been out of touch with for a while and send them a hand-written note.
- Invite a few friends in to help decorate your tree and serve coffee and cookies. See if they’d like to have a tree decorating party at their home, too.
- Visit a convalescent hospital and sit and listen to some senior’s Christmas memories.
- Give someone’s dog a shampoo for free and return the dog with a Christmas ribbon in it.
- Gather up three or four grocery carts from the parking lot and return them to the store. Put a bow on them.
- Listen to your waitress especially if she looks tired and find out why. Then, leave her a generous tip. (Okay, so this one does involve money along with the thoughtfulness.)
- Take a ride with three foil wrapped dinners and find homeless to share them with. Got extra blankets? Take those along too.
- Let someone get in front of you in the grocery check out. Just whisper “Merry Christmas” to them.
And before you twitch your nose like Santa and rise up the chimney, whisper to the recipient “Just Pay-It-Forward.” You never now whose day you made by doing simple things like these ideas above!