Pay It Foward

This is Pay It Forward Weekend 2015.

Pay it forward is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor. The concept is old, but the phrase may have been coined by Lily Hardy Hammond in her 1916 book In the Garden of Delight.[1] In 1916, Lily Hardy Hammond wrote, “You don’t pay love back; you pay it forward.”[1]. Wikipedia provides many earlier examples of the concept, and perhaps the first usage of the expression.

Lately, on the news, we have been hearing many stories of horror. This weekend, let us remember the good in people. After reading about the early examples of paying it forward, it seems that man has always had a kind heart. Let us focus on that today.

I would love to hear about your acts of paying it forward. Will you help a person in financial need, babysit for a harried mom, volunteer for an organization, send someone flowers or buy a stranger a coffee?

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