5 Responses to “paying it forward”

  1. 1 globalcitizenlinda
    January 2, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Chipsticks, you are starting off the year with a bang because with this story, you have and directly pressed my empathy button and got out my first 2011 tears of joy. thanks for reporting on the kindness of strangers and how they have chosen to play it foward by recognising our common humanity

  2. January 3, 2011 at 4:40 am

    This is beautiful. Beautiful story.

  3. 3 Hachikō
    January 3, 2011 at 9:45 am

    A little kindness goes a long way. We should all resolve to pay it forward this year. This is one of the things I hate about my current situation – I love to give. I love to make a difference in people’s lives, and now I can’t. Now I’m on the receiving end of people’s kindness and I hate it. I was in the store the other day and the woman in front of me didn’t have $23 to pay for the few items she’d bought. I felt like so useless. I hated, hated, hated that I couldn’t help her. I keep thinking about it.

    Please remember to be kind – even to strangers. Sometimes they’re the ones that need it most…especially in these hard times.


    • 4 Sue in Minnesota
      January 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm

      Remind yourself, that when you recieve you have allowed another the opportunity to give. It is an equal and important part of the equation. I understand the the tension it creates within, when you are used to being the giver. I struggle when I am on the recieving end of things as well, but I remind myself not to deny another the same sense of well being that being generous provides me. More simply, giving and recieving are the same thing.

      • 5 Hachikō
        January 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm

        You’re right, but you probably know that’s easier said than done. I struggle with it constantly. My friends and family have a hard time dealing with it.

        Something I’m going to work on in the new year.

        Thanks, Sue.

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