Daily Archives: October 7, 2011

Random acts of kindness

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.

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The Pay It Forward Movement has come about as a real-life reaction to the release of the novel.