Pay it Forward

I’m not sure if you had a chance to see the movie “Pay it Forward” but it was awesome! A young boy begins by challenging others to do a good deed for someone and hopefully the person who was on the receiving end of the deed would “pay it forward” by doing a good deed for someone else.

Well, I had the chance to observe the “pay it forward” having the reverse effect on people as I traveled last weekend. There was terrible weather throughout the US and Canada and flights were delayed for hours. I spent 14 hours in airports on Friday and Saturday and even though I’m used to traveling I was finding my own positive attitude challenged. Each time they delayed the departure time on my flight my mood sank and I had to work hard to get it back up!

Not everyone was able to do so! There was no way I would want to work as a gate agent at an airport and have to listen to passengers complain to me when I had nothing to do with it. The gate agents, airlines etc. cannot control the weather, all they can do is try to accomodate all the passengers the best they can.

How often do you “pay it forward” when you become irrate with what’s happening to you? We can’t always control our circumstances but we can control our attitude about what happens to us. More importantly we must always try to control how we treat others! Sometimes it’s best not to “pay it forward”, especially when it comes to a bad attitude.


  1. Renea M. says:

    Pay it Forward was a great movie with Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey, rent it if you haven’t seen it! The premise is wonderful and something I try to do often. I have found that when I do, more good happens to and for me! It’s Karma at it’s best.

  2. Shawna Straub - Urban Botanic says:

    I think we can pay it forward with our team by always giving more than we receive whether it be support, a good attitude, or just setting a great example. What goes around certainly does come around to us three-fold.

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