I love the concept ever since seeing the film and reading the book (highly recommend both if you haven’t!). I use the line a lot when I can. I saw two ladies looking blankly at their flat tyre one Sunday in Clogher Head. I asked if I could help them and they were delighted. I changed the tyre to find out the spare was one of the temporary ones that you should not drive too far or too fast with. I explained this to them and they didn’t know where to go so I made a couple of phone calls and told them a place that was open that day. A few minutes later, one of them came over to me to try and give me 10 euro to thank me. When I told her to pay it forward and explained the concept, she cried but explained that they were happy tears! If everyone did a random act of kindness and simply asked people to pay it forward, how good would that be?
I try to do this kind of thing when I can. For eg. when I park on the side of the road and pay for parking, if I have some time left on the ticket, I pass it on to someone else. I do this alot and recently, someone did it to me, I was chuffed!
Or if someone is short a few pence on something I’ll give it to them – and this has happened back to me as well when I was trying to pay for parking and the machine would not take my fiver, I was about to head off and get change when a lovely woman popped a euro in and paid for me.
It doesn’t just have to be just on that specific day, imagine what a place it would be if we all tried now and again to do an unselfish act for someone else 😉
In the next hour I’ll head to do theshopping and chances are someone will be looking puzzled comparing a 4 pack of something for 2.39 or the 9 pack for 5.49 and I find it hard not to let them know that the smaller pack is technically better value (or maybe that’s just me not wanting certain shops to rip people off!! 😆 )