Little Acts Performed to Pay It Forward

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
It can be the most stressful time of the year.

We are running around, trying to get things done, trying to create a perfect holiday, that we can get lost.

And we can be abrupt, forgetful, selfish.

So, for my Pay It Forward act, I decided to do multiple little acts in hopes of spreading some good will.

Through out the course of this month, I decided to return abandoned carts,

Abandoned Shopping Cart

pick up trash (One of MANY coffee cups strewn in the parking lots),

Coffee Cup

hold open doors for “busy” shoppers, and let those that “huffed and puffed” go in front of me at the check out line.

And one of those huffers and puffers? Yeah, she turned to thank me as “she was so busy and running around.” I bit my cheek so as not to respond, so is everyone else.

Instead I said, “No problem. I’m performing random acts of kindness in hopes others will too.”

Right away she responded, “Like a Pay it forward? I like it.”

Hopefully she liked it enough to Pay It Forward herself.

What did you end up doing this past month? 

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We’ll be Paying It Forward again January 7.


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  1. 1

    Ooops..I linked up, but I haven’t written anything yet! Better get that done today! i like this idea escpecially at such a time where everyone is running around and stuck in their own heads and their own whoas..

    A nice reminder.

  2. 3

    you are wonderful. haha, I love how you bit your tongue. thanks for doing what you’re doing. it’s really about all these small things. they add up in big ways :)

  3. 5

    I’ve volunteered my time a few times this month. It has made me feel great to give back :-)
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  4. 6

    I LOVE how you answered the woman you let go in front of you! GREAT one this month, Carolyn!
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