Our topic today for the Loose Blogging Consortium was chosen by Rohit
Random acts of kindness
It all started with the social studies teacher’s extra-credit project: Think of an idea for world change, and put it into action. Whilst this proved a little ambitious for most of his classmates, twelve-year-old Trevor thought he would start by doing something good for three people. But instead of paying him back, he would ask them to pay it forward by doing a favour for three more people. If it all went to plan, Trevor thought, it would be the start of a long chain of human kindness …
So began the story of Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Long before I read this book, paying forward was a philosophy I had adopted. So many times in my early life people were kind to me, and at times went out of their way to help me along my road. I was never privileged to return that favour, so decided by way of thanks to help others instead.
A few weeks ago a young lady helped me. She could have walked past me as I lay dazed in the street, but she didn’t. She stopped and talked to me, called an ambulance and stayed with me until the ambulance arrived. All I know about her, is that her name is Pauline. Our paths may never meet again, so instead of paying back her kindness, I will help someone else in need.
The Pay It Forward Movement has come about as a real-life reaction to the release of the novel.