This is an entry to BELINDA SPILLMAN's November challenge or I guess my observations about paying it forward.
First of all, paying it forward is not a seasonal event for me as I try to help people all year long. Sometimes I feel that I am putting myself at risk but for the most part over the past four years that I have been practicing paying it forward I have never had any problems. It's hard for some to give of themselves but I find it a way of life.
I remember when I was a Boy Scout and we were always trying to work on our merit badges. I was always trying to find someone to help and it seems like when you go out and search for someone, it's harder than if you just let life happen. Some call it karma, but I practice every day being the person that would make my parents proud.
I don't mind helping someone with their groceries or giving them spare change and it least a couple times a month I pay for someone's coffee at Starbucks. For the most part I don't record each incident because I have made it a way of life rather than a contest entry.
One of my favorite pastimes is helping American service members and their families. When I got out of the service we were at the end of the Vietnam conflict and American service members were the targets of mass discrimination. It got so bad that we couldn't wear our uniforms off base without the threat of violence towards us by our fellow Americans.
I am glad to see that in today's society we understand how much American service men and women sacrifice and are for the most part treated with respect. I can't tell you how many I have treated to coffee or a meal from time to time.
What I hope the most is that someday when I am unable to do something or help myself, someone will come and pay it forward to me. Until that day comes I will keep on being a good human being and help where I see a need.
Can you believe how wonderful this world would be if everyone just took a moment to lend a helping hand or surprise someone with kindness.
Thank you for this opportunity for me to explain my thoughts about paying it forward.