“Our actions are like ships which we may watch set out to sea, and not know when or with what cargo they will return to port.”
~ Iris Murdoch, The Bell
Every day we find ourselves presented with opportunities to pass forward some good that’s been done in our lives. Whether this is paying for the purchase of the people in the car behind us in the drive-thru, dropping a dollar in the collection jar of a homeless person, or just complimenting someone on their choice of wardrobe, it only takes a moment and a consideration of kindness to brighten someone’s day. Pay it Forward Day is a reminder that we should be engaging in this behavior every day, and that one day someone may pay it forward to us when we most desperately need it.
History of Pay It Forward Day
Pay It Forward Day got its start in 2010 in the United States, working hard to bring forward the concept of paying it forward to the world at large. Paying it forward is what happens when something wonderful happens to you on the part of a stranger, and all they ask for in return is for you to pay it forward, to do something for someone when they need it in the future. Today over 80 countries are participating in this project, and there is a drive to reach over 10 million acts of kindness around the world.
Paying It Forward is, in part, about thinking of the world and those we share the planet with as one giant community. As part of that community, it’s believed that we have a responsibility to help those in need without the expectation of anything in return, and that’s how the concept of “paying it forward” came into existence. Today millions of people all over the world work hard to spread this philosophy of community support, and Paying It Forward Day is dedicated to helping it spread even further.
How to celebrate Pay It Forward Day
Use Pay It Forward Day to start a habit of putting good things out into the world in the form of service to others. Whether you’re making a donation to a good cause or helping someone who just had their grocery sacks bust out the bottom, be sure to tell them to pay it forward as way of recompense. Every day people all over the world work hard to keep this concept going, and Pay It Forward Day is as good as any to get your start!