I have received many, many really sweet messages here on WordPress from bloggers who appreciated hearing even just a few little sincere words about their thought-provoking or interesting posts. It makes me realize more and more how important it is to take the time out of each day to express what one often feels but doesn’t always take the time to express to others. We rush through our day trying to check off things on our own lists; but don’t take the moment to think how important it is to realize we need to look beyond ourselves. So today…….
Monday Gets Challenged to ‘Pay It Forward’
How many times have you been in an elevator with other people and find yourself looking at the ground? Or maybe walking out of your house and don’t acknowledge your neighbor coming out at the same time? Did you ever think that someone that is right there in front of you might need a sincere smile or a ‘how are you doing?’ Perhaps, a neighbor or friend has done something really nice for you and you keep thinking you will also do something nice for them. But…what happens? It keeps getting pushed further and further down on the priority list. Soon, it is so low that you’re now embarrassed that you have not done something to return the favor. Ever walked past someone on the street who is ‘down and out’ and you try to erase them from not only your view; but also from your mind? The attitude of not acknowledging that they exist helps us to not feel guilty that we might have a much better life than some others. We seem to “choose” who we want to share with and are not good at ‘on the spot’ giving.
The ironic truth is that when we do, in fact, take the time to help others, we feel so great about our deed. It makes us feel, in a small but effective way, we have made a difference in someone else’s life. We may even ‘swear’ that it’s going to become a habit and we’ll continue on our path of goodness for a long time. But….something often gets in the way of continuing on this path; and we yet again, find ourselves back in our little cocoon. We forget quickly how awesome it felt to not just think of ourselves and to give back.
So….this Monday’s request is going to be a very enjoyable moment for you. I promise you will feel especially good at the end of the day….and so will others! With all the social media outlets, voice mail, text messages and even here on WordPress, this task should be a fairly simple one for you. I challenge you to “Pay It Forward”. Make a list of five people that you know that deserves to hear some kind words from you. Send them some kind of message or better yet give them a call or tell them in person. Tell them how much you appreciate them and how they have made a difference during difficult moments in your life. Your mind is already working, right? I bet you already have number 1 and 2 ready to add to your list.
After you have accomplished this and if you feel you’ve just gotten warmed up, make another list of five people that you can do something special for them. It doesn’t have to be a spectacular moment. Just something simple will work just fine! Maybe you have some extra fruit that you just bought and you could offer part of it to your neighbor. Maybe someone at work has a huge project to complete and you could offer to help or pick up lunch for them while they are so bogged down. How about walking someone’s dog for them that has not been feeling very good? Maybe even give the ole pooch a nice brushing before you return them. It’s not about the huge drama of the task, it’s about the simple spirit of giving.
Today is YOUR day to help Monday Get Challenged to ‘Pay It Forward’!!!!
You are going to go to bed tonight with a smile on your face knowing that you have made a difference in this, sometimes, crazy and hectic world.
And…..here’s high hopes that you wake up tomorrow wanting to continue with your recent good feeling and start Tuesday with the same plan.
A fellow blogger told me that it takes 21 days to change a habit…..Can you IMAGINE what this world would be like if everyone took the 21 day challenge to ‘Pay It Forward’ !!!!
Are you ready to be a part of that possibility?!!
I’d love to hear what was on your list….or maybe how you’re feeling at the end of today.
Oh yeah….don’t forget your four-legged friends too. Pets give lots of love and don’t ask much in return.
I’ve made MY list…….I’ve got to get busy.