This evening I attended my first meet up for PIF People. What is PIF? Pay it forward! This group was started by a friend of mine 2 years ago and has been in the making since. The main premise is that it’s members will be watching for ways to perform random acts of kindness as well as ways to pay it forward. This evening we received our PIF cards and we will be tracking all the cards to see where they end up and how many times each one is “forwarded”
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I remember my very first example of PIF, before it had a name. Before kids in school were given the assignment to perform random acts of kindness, before there was a movie. My father had done something for me. I don’t remember what it was. I don’t remember if I was already a parent or still a kid. I just remember that I was so grateful and I knew it would be hard to repay him. He told me that the only repayment he expected was for me to do the same for my children. My first lesson in paying it forward. One I’ve never forgotten.
Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him. ~Albert Schweitzer
Last week, a man approached me and offered to wash my desperately dirty car for $10. My inclination was to say no. I felt a little bit intruded upon. He said ok how about $5? I was meeting friends and already a little late. Again, I shook my head no (a little less emphatically this time) He said to me “Please, lady, whatever you want to give me. I have no gas to get home.” He washed my car. It was cleaner than it had been in weeks. I gave him $10. He had enough money to go home. I went to meet my friends, a little late and a little lighter in my pocket but a whole lot lighter in my heart.
To learn more about our PIF People click HERE
For a touching example of PIF, please watch this….