Do you remember the “pay it forward” phenomenon? The movie was based on Catherine Ryan Hyde’s novel, Pay it Forward, in 2000. She also founded a foundation to continue the work. This is a great example how writing a novel can spurn so many good deeds.
Another similar concept is the “Random Acts of Kindness” movement. When it first became news, we heard of people buying gas for the next person in line, or someone paying for a meal for a stranger. It doesn’t make news much now, but I know people still practice random acts of kindness.
If you ever find yourself asking the question “How can I (one person) have a real impact on changing the world?” I would say it doesn’t have to be something that makes a big splash. Each of us can make a significant impact on the world by reaching out and helping one person at a time. Your help will be remembered and the reward will be when that person helps someone else because of that memory. That is a random act of kindness. That is paying it forward. That action is what makes heroes of all of us.
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