Almost another cliché, but as the saying goes, “Pay it forward.”
A good statement to think about, but an even better one to consider, and a statement worth putting into action. Whatever it is, tangible, intangible, small or paramount, giving something back, if only to one person is an extraordinary gift. What will I give back this year? Who will I give to? What can I do to impact somebody’s life? Will it be words, gestures, compassion, respect, understanding?
Travel the road less traveled this year, the road that has no dollar signs, the one that looks dusty and forgotten. There is somebody out there waiting for you, and maybe you need them too. Maybe it’s somebody you know well, and time has stolen the life from them, maybe it’s somebody you thought you knew, but you look a little deeper and give your friendship.
How will you know if the smile you gave to a stranger stopped them from self defeat? How will you know if the cardboard or plastic bags you recycle will change the world? How will you know if the wandering souls on the street use the dollar you gave them for a coffee, or maybe it was given to somebody else? How will you know how you changed your friend when you gave your shoulder to lean on?
We make excuses for not giving back, because we think we know. We think we know that the homeless man will fork over all his pocket change for booze, we think we know that the woman with the frown is pretentious and rude. We think we know that our bags of recycling will only minimally impact our planet, because not enough other people do it, so why should we? We think we know that the friend who cried on our shoulder will fall back into the same pitfalls, so we don’t, or we stop.
There is a lot more in each of us to give. There are people who need us, and maybe our own walls have blinded us to that. There are people we need. Give a little more of yourself this year and see what happens.I will too.
“I took the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference.” ~Robert Frost~