Friday, July 24, 2009

Pay It Forward

I was moved today by a kindness that my friend showed me. She brought me a bag of food. In the bag was a cake with a piece missing (it was too rich for her so she gave it to us) and other food items she didn't want and wanted to share with us. I knew it was time to PAY IT FORWARD.

Sometimes when I've given things to people at work or other places, I have heard "oh, no thanks, I don't like that" or "ewwww, I don't like the color" or "get that away from me I'm on a diet" (OK the last one is understandable). I just have never understood pickiness. I don't understand people that complain especially when someone is offering something FOR FREE and the person it's being offered to ask for something different or just doesn't show tact when the item is offered. Someone once said to me "I really need something to eat, I have low blood sugar" and I offered them an apple. "No thanks" they said, "I don't like apples". OK, sometimes I get to the place where I don't want to offer anything because of the rejection. When something is offered to me whether it's food, water, help, a handmade item I am honored, humbled and very appreciative. I don't care what flavor or color I will take it graciously and not complain.

I was in Family Fare today and saw an elderly woman pushing a cart. She looked frail and something inside me told me to buy her some flowers. I don't get these convictions often and when I do I always act on them. I saw that she had her husband with her and when she began talking to another lady I walked up to him and asked him if it would be ok if I could buy his wife some flowers, that I was being moved to do this act of kindness and that she was the person I was to do this for. He told me "naw, really, you don't need to do this" and I told him when I felt convicted to do something, I had to do it and I wouldn't take no for an answer...LOL He pulled out a dollar bill and said, well then let me put a dollar in too" I wouldn't take it, I told him I was going to have the bouquet up at the front of the store when they were ready to check out and he smiled and said "Thank You, it's going to make her very happy, as she is going through chemotherapy right now..." The only reason I'm sharing this story with you is not to get any kind of praise or acclamations, but to encourage each and every one of you to do something for someone today. You never know to what level that will encourage them and help them in their walk of life. And what did I get? I got a smile on my face.

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