Thankful Thursdays…Pay It Forward

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Thankful Thursdays…Pay It Forward


Quickly, what was the last act of kindness that someone paid to you?

It’s time to pay it back or forward if you haven’t already.  Today we celebrate Pay It Forward Day. 


The day was founded by Australian Blake Beattie in 2007 and inspired by author Catherine Ryan Hyde and her book Pay It Forward: A Novel. 

Absolutely, every day is a day when we are given the opportunity to Pay It Forward. We can give without restrictions a kind word or share a kind smile with someone. 


The more you Pay It Forward, the more kindness and love that goes out in the world from each and every one of us, it cannot help but have a positive impact on us and those we touch. 

Our one act of kindness can be like a drop of rain that falls on a pond creating ripples that reach far and wide. 



In case you need some ideas, you can…

Bring in your neighbor’s paper or trash cans 

Check on a senior you know to see if there is anything they need. 

Call someone who is ill or has someone ill living in their home. Ask them if you can run an errand for them. 

Buy a coffee or a beverage for the person standing behind you.

Call someone to thank them for a kind act they did for you. 


“Put a heart on your hand and share with us while living out kindness!"



There is no wrong way to perform an act of kindness.  Catherine Ryan Hyde


Sometimes you can't pay it back, so you just have to pay it forward. Randy Pausch



I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.    Maya Angelou





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Comments (33)

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Kathy it's always a good day to pay it forward in my world! So many little and big ways to appreciate others!!  As in - I appreciate all you do for our community - constantly.  You amaze me with your ability to write a post every single day!!

Apr 28, 2022 09:42 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

It is always good to have a reminder like this.  Thank you.

I live in a neighborhood where we all look out for each other.  This was not always the case in other areas I have lived.  I don't look for ways to pay it forward. I just do it as a part of my daily routine.  It's part of the Golden Rule.

Apr 28, 2022 10:17 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

One of my favorite activities is to "pay it forward" to folks I will never see again.

Apr 28, 2022 10:27 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Kathy - there is no loss of things that we can do for friends and strangers. 

Apr 28, 2022 12:30 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy pay it forward is something every one can do, and there are many ways to do it.

Apr 28, 2022 01:00 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

My wife and I visited Asheville , NC recently and an older lady and her care taker were sitting next to us. They asked to move our table just a little to pull the tent flap down and we agreed it was a good idea. When it was time for the check the waiter kept ignoring us and I was starting to wonder what was going on. He finally showed up and told us he needed to wait til the lady next to us left because they paid our dinner bill. We were totally surprised and will soon find an occasion to pay it forward to someone else.

Apr 28, 2022 03:58 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Wayne Martin that is so thoughtful of you to do that!!!  I know he must appreciate it and I also bet he passes it on. 

Brian England you are so right. You never know what they may be going through...that smile may be just what they need. 

Apr 28, 2022 04:34 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

faye schubert you are so sweet to do what you do. I am very sorry to hear about your friend's battle with cancer.  And I know that whatever you do will mean a lot to them. 

Apr 28, 2022 04:41 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 that really is kind of you. I'm sure that they get tired of having the same meals and desserts day in and day out. My friend's mom who is 103 is in a retirement community and loves to eat something different. 

Nina Hollander, Broker that was very kind of her. I'm with you. I try to do kind things for  just because it's the right thing to do and it makes me feel good. 

Apr 28, 2022 04:45 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... yesterday was a red letter day to be a recipient of kindness. It started with my neighbor taking my dog to the park. It ended with a stranger paying for my husband's and my dinner when we were out to eat.

Apr 29, 2022 04:27 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Was just talking about service to others. Recently, I brought a favorite pie to people we have known for 20+ years, who are moving closer to their family. We sat and talked for a few hours, it was very special, Kathy!

Apr 28, 2022 04:52 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Joan Cox It's a good thing to make it a daily habit. 

Roy Kelley you are a wonderful example of paying it are always so kind in reblogging many posts here. 

Apr 28, 2022 04:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Norma J. Elkins Thank you very much !  Hope you spread your kindness around. 

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I love it!!! That is the best story I've heard all day.  Good for the teacher for encouraging these kinds of acts. 

Apr 28, 2022 05:05 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 that is one of my favorite quotes!  To the point and simple. 

Sharon Tara This is so true. And what many don't realize is that it's often the simplest acts of kindness that last the longest. 

Apr 28, 2022 05:07 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

That's a good idea Hannah Williams  It makes my day when someone smiles at me. 

Will Hamm I know that you do!!!!  You are always making meals for friends and neighbors. 

Apr 28, 2022 05:09 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker you are so very kind.  You know the real reason I post every day is I'm afraid that if I stop I won't go back. It has become a personal challenge for me. 

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® and isn't that as it should be!!!  I agree with you. 

Apr 28, 2022 05:20 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Rocky Dickerson that's one of the best kinds of Pay It Forward...doing something kind for someone you may never see again. 

Grant Schneider you're right. It shouldn't be that hard to think of, should it!

Apr 28, 2022 05:22 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

George Souto you know, the more we are kind to others, it becomes a way of life...who we are. 

Buzz Mackintosh what an amazing story!!!! How very kind of her!!!  And I know that you and your wife will be paying it forward soon!!!

Apr 28, 2022 05:26 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I forgot it was pay it forward day and I’ll have to make up for it tomorrow. I enjoyed your post and the quotes you incorporated 🙂

Apr 28, 2022 06:09 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy what an awesome post, I know I sound like a drive by commenter:) seriously loved Buzz Mackintosh  comment, Endre

Apr 28, 2022 10:57 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

There really are plenty of opportunities to pay it forward every day!

I liked all the quotes, but Maya Angelou's quote was my favorite. 

Have a wonderful weekend!


Apr 29, 2022 11:18 AM