How would it feel to live in a world where everyone was paying it forward from all over the planet?

Have you ever thought about that? What a life changing, amazing concept. Where we as beings are here to help and inspire each other. Our main pleasure in life is giving to others for the pure joy of it.

I really loved when Oprah decided to do a series of shows all about that concept. For me it really sunk in how wonderful giving with no expectation of return really is.

To watch all those people giving with such joy and to see the shock on the people’s faces when a complete stranger went up and gave them a hundred dollar bill, their reaction was priceless. We give everyday to our loved ones but when was the last time you also gave something, anything to a stranger?

I decided to implement this philosophy into my life on a regular basis. Not just one day or at a certain time but everyday all the time. I made a conscious decision that I would pay it forward everyday and with every opportunity that came up.

How I Started

How I started was simply by paying attention to others wherever I went. Really being there and seeing other people. Not walking by and staying in my own world but making eye contact with people I have never met.

Another example is going to the grocery store, if I get to the cart first and someone is behind me I give them a cart and then take mine.

The first time I did this I was surprised at how that small gesture really brightened people’s day. An older woman looked at me in disbelief and said, “Oh…that is really very nice of you, I can never get those carts apart."

I want to point out here that I didn’t have to spend any money or go out of my way to pay it forward. I continued to do things like that in the store that day and I have to share with you, it was one of the best grocery store trips I had ever experienced. I even bagged my own groceries because they were short on baggers. I walked out of that store glowing. Ever since I kept that attitude with me in everything I do.

I was amazed at the miracle of living an unselfish life

I was amazed at how my life changed as a result of living that type of unselfish life.

I really believe those daily experiences created a deeper love for myself. I liked who I was and what I was creating and that appreciation for my self spread to all the people in my life. When I love me it is natural to love everyone else.

Another experience of the pay it forward approach to life I had was in my business. I started giving first and not expecting anything in return.

This happened in many different ways. I would offer people the opportunity to have a dedicated page on my web site, with no expectation of anything back. I wasn’t expecting it but people’s offers back to me where even more generous. These types of things kept happening. The more I paid it forward the more the universe paid it back to me…I had no idea!

The process started to snowball and take on a life of its own. I thought this is really a wonderful way to live. That is when I knew that somehow I wanted to bottle this feeling of giving with no thought or expectation and share it with the world.

I wanted people to know that pay it forward doesn’t only mean going around with a thousand dollars and giving hundreds out to ten strangers on the street the way they did it on Oprah, although that was awesome, there are many ways to do the same thing.

My Invitation to You...Create Your Own Miracle!

I would like to invite you to start today with a pay it forward attitude and notice how life and the people in it respond back in like kind. I don’t mean to expect anything back; I mean notice how you feel after doing something nice for someone that you normally may not have done.

Even small things like letting in the car who wants to merge into your lane. The whole experience of driving for me is a pleasure when I take the pay it forward approach. You can make it into a game and see how many times in a day you can pay it forward.
I feel we can start today creating a world of love happiness and peace and that feeling can start with three little words…PAY IT FORWARD

I wish you all the success and happiness the Universe has to offer…Namaste!

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Kelly Olexa said...

Another great post girl! I've been trying to tell my readers to do this; to just SMILE LIKE CRAZY, LOOK PEOPLE IN THE EYES, STRANGERS, AND SMILE. It's amazing how often we all walk around and avoid eye contact? Why?

October 19, 2008 at 12:13 PM
raquel roysdon said...

You are an inspiration in my life, Christine! I really enjoy reading your blog daily.

October 20, 2008 at 6:46 AM
Anonymous said...

Great post.Im with you as well. For some people a litle bit of thought and consideration is well accepted Ive tried it.Funny you said about the grocery cart. I have often offered mine to older people in the parking lot so that they wouldnt have to bother inside.It was well accepted with a smile.Never hurts to be kind.As a nurse I see this always in dealing with people.Im always thought of with highest respect thats great for me and even better for them.Becky~~

October 20, 2008 at 7:49 AM said...

Hello Kelly :) Thanks! I love that..."SMILE LIKE CRAZY."
Brilliant question girlfriend, "how often we all walk around and avoid eye contact? Why?" At which stage in our growth did we become so jaded, lacking compassion in humanity? OR even the simply act of kindness?

"A smile confuses an approaching frown."

Have a grand day!

October 21, 2008 at 8:55 AM said...

Raquel, Thank you!

There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life - reciprocity. ~Confucius


October 21, 2008 at 8:59 AM said...

Kudos Becky! to be of service is our purpose, is our success.

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble. ~Charles H. Spurgeon are Amazing! Don't forget to celebrate YOU!


October 21, 2008 at 9:04 AM
Kimmy said...

This is an amazing post. I have been deeply touched by your words. I cannot thank you enough. I am blessed to know you!

October 21, 2008 at 5:24 PM
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