While catching up on reading I stumbled upon this little story from last summer. Have a read:
I am a senior citizen, age 92. While trying to hail a taxi on Second Avenue on a busy, rainy Saturday night, a well-dressed young couple came along behind me, also trying to hail a taxi. They seemed impatient, so they walked one block uptown to get the first cab. A few minutes later I saw them get into the first oncoming cab - my loss.
As their cab approached me, it slowed down and came to a full stop. The door opened and, as they both got out, the young man said, 'It’s your cab.' I thanked them profusely, got in, and went on my way.
Lately I've heard a lot about a new phenomenon called "paying it forward" - it means to repay a kindness by being kind to someone else rather than the person who was kind to you.
For example, I read another article about how people in Texas and many other spots around the country like to make someone’s day by picking up their drive-through bill in a pay it forward type of fashion. Supposedly, there is a lady in Oklahoma who pays it forward in the drive-through, every single day. Can you believe it?
She just does it out of kindness rather than for recognition. But others have told drive-through cashiers they wanted to pay it forward in gratitude to drivers who waved their car ahead of them in line or after noticing in the rearview mirror a woman weeping into her steering wheel, and wanting to make her smile. Cancer survivors have done it in appreciation of life, and new parents have done it to celebrate their baby.
So, in spirit of loveliness and paying it forward, from today till the end of February I made a pact with myself to do one good deed every single time when I feel like someone did something nice to me.
It doesn’t have to be anything big. It can be just sharing a cab, or giving it up like the NY couple above and catching the next one or even just giving someone a compliment, just because they seem sad. You can also pay for someones's coffee or give away your seat on the subway. What do you think? Are you up for it? xo
P.S: One thing this year...
P.P.S: Life lessons.
(via NY Times. Photos via Touchdisky)