Have you ever watched the movie Pay it Forward? I watched it years ago and many times since, it’s theme has stuck with me through all the years since its release in 2000. The concept is an easy one, one we can all follow and some even do without realising it.
The concept that stuck? … paying it forward – you see someone in need and you give them something you have to help them out, doesn’t need to be big or small, that person in turn does it for another and so the web of kindness grows. Imagine if everyone started to do this just how big it could get, how much kindess could be spread around the world continually… This book & movie started as fiction but now has been built into a world wide movement and a non-profit organisation.
In the movie, Reuben St. Clair, the teacher and protagonist in the book “Pay It Forward,” starts a movement with this voluntary, extra-credit assignment: THINK OF AN IDEA FOR WORLD CHANGE, AND PUT IT INTO ACTION. Trevor, the 12-year-old hero of “Pay It Forward,” thinks of quite an idea. He describes it to his mother and teacher this way: “You see, I do something real good for three people. And then when they ask how they can pay it back, I say they have to Pay It Forward. To three more people. Each. So nine people get helped. Then those people have to do twenty-seven.” He turned on the calculator, punched in a few numbers. “Then it sort of spreads out, see. To eighty-one. Then two hundred forty-three. Then seven hundred twenty-nine. Then two thousand, one hundred eighty-seven. See how big it gets?”
My challenge to you is to pay it forward, lets continue this movement its one of the good ones that affect young and old, rich and poor…
If you want to read this incredible book it is by Catherine Ryan Hyde
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