Paying Forward Generates Good Luck!

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Napa Consultants

www.napaconsultants.com

We have been proponents of “pay it forward” even before those three words became a popular phrase in the movie, Pay It Forward, which debuted in 2000. We often attribute our good luck to paying it forward, although good luck is an unintended by-product.

 

Prior to being married Ron and I took a cross-country trip to visit my parents in Minnesota. In Utah our car stopped in its tracks outside of a small town called, Nephi. (Yes, we had Auto Club service, however, Steve Jobs and Apple had not yet perfected the Smart phone).

 

Within minutes of stopping, a driver in a small truck stopped to assist us. It just so happened that he was a mechanic. He told us that our car would have to be towed 25 miles in the opposite direction in which he was headed for his upcoming wedding in California. And, he generously volunteered to do that.

 

When we offered to pay him, he refused. He simply said: “Do something nice for someone else, when the opportunity arises!”

 

We both find ways to do just that on a daily basis. The picture of the cart in the parking lot above was something we recently took care of at Trader Joe’s. We brought it back to where it was supposed to be. The guy hired for the job of collecting carts has seen us do this for him on several occasions. Now, whenever he sees us taking our own cart back after unloading our groceries, he runs to take it from us.

 

On one occasion, the lady ahead of us at the market was missing a dollar for her groceries. Ron opened his wallet and handed her a dollar. She was so surprised she almost did not accept it. He repeated our Utah friend’s mantra “Do something nice for someone else, when the opportunity arises!”

 

We do not think of paying it forward as something we have to do. It simply has become a part of who we are. What we have noticed is a constant stream of good luck coming our way. We think it is an unintended by-product of our daily focus of paying it forward.

 

Yesterday, while driving back in a rainstorm from the Santa Ynez Mountains, our rear tire was hit by a sharp rock and was rapidly deflating. We limped back to Santa Barbara in search of air for the tire. The owner of the USA station made sure we had free air rather than pay $1.50 for it.

 

Luckily, Firestone Tires was just a block away because the tire needed to be replaced. They had the right size tire for our car and someone was available to change the tire right away.

 

For us, paying it forward is not a means to an end, the end being good luck. It is just part of our day. As an end unto itself it is really fun!

 

This is an entry for the Third Annual Pay It Forward Active Rain Challenge.

 

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Written by Ron & Alexandra Seigel-

 

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Brian England
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I think it feels really good to do something for someone else, especially when they are in need.

Nov 28, 2016 04:39 AM #18
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Susan Haughton thank you for the feature, we appreciate it.  Have a wonderful week.  A

Nov 28, 2016 07:25 AM #19
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Nicely done.  It is great to keep this mentality in your minds on a daily basis.  It just feels good!

Nov 28, 2016 08:58 AM #20
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Beth Atalay
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Ron and Alexandra, what matters the most is what we do when no one is looking. When we make giving part of our daily lives, miracles happen. Thank you for sharing.

Nov 28, 2016 11:21 AM #21
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Forward is a just or should be a part of being a member of the world's community DNA.....it pays back many fold...though that is not the motivation for doing it.

Nov 29, 2016 05:18 AM #22
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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It is a blueprint for living a good life. Bravo, and we both agree with your philosophy. 

Nov 29, 2016 10:16 AM #23
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Robert Bob Gilbert
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Alexandra, Paying it forward by being a good person and human being is something everyone should strive to attain. It is a good thing to hear you folks just do it and do not think about it. 

Nov 29, 2016 03:39 PM #24
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Jerry Newman
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It's very rewarding to know that you've helped others. Being filled with that gift is a true blessing to others in deed. I haven't returned many grocery carts to their rightful place too.

Dec 03, 2016 06:37 AM #25
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                                  Thank you Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Dec 03, 2016 05:42 PM #26
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Kathy Streib 

Thank you.  Funny enough when we went over to Trader Joe's today I was thinking about the post, when I was waiting for someone to move away from the carts. A mom was creating a scene with her kid right in front, when a woman approached me and asked me if I wanted her cart...I was so thankful to get out of the way and o my shopping.  A

Dec 03, 2016 09:20 PM #27
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Gita Bantwal
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This is a nice contest on active rain. Thank you for sharing your inspirational post.

Dec 04, 2016 05:05 AM #28
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Dorie Dillard
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Good morning Ron and Alexandra Seigel ,

I'm so glad Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! I missed it..I agree with you 100%..its amazing hoe paying it forward on everything we do results in good karma coming back to us! Enjoy your Sunday!

Dec 04, 2016 05:40 AM #29
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Missed this, glad I saw Kathy Streibs post today.

Dec 04, 2016 08:30 AM #30
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Susan Emo
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Thanks to Kathy Streib I found your wonderful post!   Why does this not surprise me?  To some people, paying it forward is simply how they live their lives and you two are the epitome of this.  Expecting nothing in return but receiving all that you deserve!  I was especially thankful the other day when an elderly gentleman asked me if he could assist me in loading my groceries into the car in the rain and then asked if he could return my cart.  I was going to say thank you but I can manage but I realized it would mean far more to him if I allowed him to assist me.

Dec 04, 2016 09:05 AM #31
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Sharon Tara
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I loved this story and the examples of paying it forward in everyday life. It's the simplest things that can really change someone's day.

Dec 04, 2016 01:21 PM #32
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Susan Emo what a nice story, and you are so right about letting someone assisting you as a way to pay it forward.  Brava!  A

Dec 04, 2016 03:21 PM #33
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What a wonderful sentiment. Paying it forward should just be something you do, without thinking or wondering if you should, but to be kind to someone in need. The reward is the feeling of having helped someone whether in a small or a big way. That mechanic was a very special find indeed!

Dec 04, 2016 05:35 PM #34
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Alexandra, I think it's just a really great way to live.  It's great when you don't have to put a label on it.

Dec 04, 2016 07:35 PM #35
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Patricia Kennedy great point on label, it is just one way of living.  Have a great week.  A

Dec 04, 2016 08:04 PM #36
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Jeff Dowler in a sense we do it selfishly because we feel good as a result, and the other person feels good too.  It is a win/win situation, and the world becomes a better place to live.  We have a great time doing it.  A

Dec 04, 2016 08:07 PM #37
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