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Inspirational: Paying it Forward

Updated on October 15, 2014
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CrisSp is your Emergency Specialist at 37 thousand feet. A writer without a niche. Wonderwoman consumed by wanderlust!

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss It." -Ferris Bueller

It is hot and kind of humid outside. It is 26 degrees in this beautiful part of the world. It is Father’s Day and so it’s kind of busy in the mall, restaurants and coffee shops. I wasn’t intending to write about this but while I was sitting inside an air-conditioned coffee shop and enjoying my mocha, I couldn’t help but noticed a man sitting outside by the pavement quietly begging for some spare change. I watched and counted the people passing by and noticed that only a few people actually dropped a coin for him. I feel guilty. I honestly didn’t even notice him when I entered the coffee shop. Was he already sitting there when I came or maybe I was too way in a rush to get my drinks that I actually missed him. I wonder how long had he been sitting there. He doesn’t look dirty or ragged at all. Maybe that’s why not many would pity him.

Paying it forward on Father's Day and always~
Paying it forward on Father's Day and always~ | Source

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.” ~Dalai Lama

He’s holding a sign that reads: “Ill trade you a smile for a dollar. Need money for food and transportation. Thank you and God Bless.” Feeling guilty, I stood up, stepped out and spoke to him. “Hello! Are you hungry? What can I get you?” He smiled at me and softly said, “No, it’s ok. I just need some change if you have any.” I said, “Yes, but can I get you at least something to drink?” He smiled and wiped his face. I know it’s hot today but I didn’t want to presume that he’d prefer something cold. So I asked, “Would you like to have something cold or hot?” Gently he replied, “A coffee will be great and thank you very much.”

I went and bought him a medium size coffee and gave him the change from my $5 bill. When I handed him the coffee, he even refused to get the spare change and said, “The coffee is enough my child. Thank you.” Those words made me teary eyed. He wasn’t asking for too much. I told him, “No, it’s okay. You can have the change. Happy Father’s day.” He probably didn’t realize it is Father’s Day today. He smiled back and thanked me again. I waved goodbye and said, “Enjoy your coffee"- as I smiled back.

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I proceeded to the parking lot and while in the car, I felt a sense of happiness to what I actually did. This is not the first time I've helped out. In fact, I always do whenever I have the chance but I am writing this not to brag about the small gesture of kindness that I just did but to actually express how happy I am to make someone happy and the impact it created on both sides. I never really bother telling people about how I acted on good deeds. I'd just do it and move on. This particular one didn’t even cost me that much. It was $5 out of my wallet to feed the hungry (and thirsty).

I drove off but felt the urge to write about it. Not exactly on what I just did but the general idea of helping out our less fortunate brothers and sisters. So, I stopped in another plaza after just a few kilometers of driving, parked my car, pulled out my notebook and started writing down the experience itself and how I feel good about helping out. I knew I’d forget it if I don’t jot it down at this instance. Alas, nature’s calling and I have to go. So, I put down my pen, put my notebook back in my bag and walked to find a place of relief. Thank goodness for another coffee shop (Starbucks). Yes, I was relieved! *smile*

I was paid back with this drink - the ultimate paying it forward experience.
I was paid back with this drink - the ultimate paying it forward experience. | Source

Now, here I am sitting in another coffee shop, wanting to finish my notes when a guy sitting next to me approached me and asked, if I could in a minute watch his stuff. He wanted to grab a drink. I nodded with a smile and said, “ok”. He came back with two drinks in his hands. Said, “thank you for watching my stuff” and handed me the other drinks. Now, I wasn’t expecting that and I said, “It wasn’t necessary”. Besides, I wasn’t just going to drink it from a stranger. He smiled at me and said, “Don’t worry, if you don’t feel comfortable drinking it. You can just go to the counter and ask them to change it. It’s on me.” I was caught up and didn’t know how to respond. How did he know what I was thinking? So, I simply smiled and asked him, “why?” He said, “nothing, just paying it forward.”


Paying it Forward: You'll feel GOOD about it but what matter most is how other people will feel GREAT about it.~CrisSp ♥

Now, if this true story didn’t give you some goose bumps. I don’t know what will. Didn’t you see it yet? I bought a homeless man a cup of coffee without expecting anything in return and here I am with a complete stranger buying me a drink for simply watching his stuff (MacBook pro and his backpack) while he grab his own drinks. What random acts of kindness!

Why do I have to write about it?

This is neither for fame nor glory. Definitely not for adulation. In fact, I only wanted to write it down in my journal. But, this is a feel good story and hence, the urge of sharing it. I was touched by having my good deed to a stranger returned by another stranger.

I was inspired to write and share it with you and perhaps to encourage you to do the same-some random acts of kindness. Pay it forward. I guarantee you an incredible feeling of joy when you do something great for another human being, no matter how small it is. Because truly, in the world we now live in, where we all move in a haste and extra cautious not to talk to strangers and where common courtesy is almost forgotten and seen, we can still make a difference and help make this world a better place with a bit of our smile, time and attention. Attention to human needs; bring back our faith to humanity and take it to the next level. It doesn’t have to be a big step. What matter is taking the first step and continue to do so.

I didn’t actually realize the impact of what I did to the panhandler at the coffee shop until a stranger bought me a refreshing drink for simply doing him a small favor of watching his stuff. These were unintentional random acts of kindness. Selfless act that naively cheered up another individual. It felt great. I felt these random acts of kindness gave me the opportunity to connect with people. It has made me realized that these simple acts of kindness towards the people around us could actually positively impact other people’s lives and paying it forward actually works.

It is not my intention to commercialize my random act of kindness but I encourage you to do it in a small way and make it a habit. I personally believe that what goes around comes around. I just had it proven today, so to speak.

Be kind to one another~

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There are so many ways to spread the goodwill through mankind. Choose to be a part of this beautiful world in this wonderful day – TODAY. Sure, fundraising and giving money are great ways to help but random act of kindness is not only about fundraising or giving money. It’s about inspiring people to practice kindness and be able to pass it on to others. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Do something kind that someone will not expect. Do it often and see how great it is to be able to see some positive changes actually happen.

"Aspire to Inspire" ~

Random acts of kindness:

  1. Simply smile to stranger(s)
  2. Buy a stranger a drink (and donut maybe)
  3. Help someone cross the street
  4. Open and hold doors for others
  5. Tip generously
  6. Feed an expired parking meter for a stranger
  7. Leave a dollar (or even a quarter) on the phone booth
  8. Drop some coins for the panhandlers
  9. Offer a seat to the elderlies
  10. Randomly kiss and hug a family member (I always do)
  11. Volunteer to do some community service
  12. Thank the bus driver as you get off
  13. Pick up litter off the street
  14. Donate blood
  15. Drop a can (or two) of food to the food bank
  16. Send left over party food to the shelter
  17. Be considerate
  18. Wipe dry the loo in the public washroom after using it
  19. Help rake your neighbor’s leaves
  20. Write a poem or a song and dedicate it randomly to a friend or love ones

Certainly, there are many other ways than the above list. Remember that kindness is priceless and ageless. You? When was the last time you did some random acts of kindness and how did you show it?

Do you have a kindness idea or story to share? Let us know by commenting below.

Only two minutes of your time to watch this worthy video. Please don't skip.

Copyright@CrisSp~TM/06-2013. Read me: "The heart of my soul speaks to the soul of my heart by writing." ~

© 2013 CrisSp


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    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      MelRootsNWrites : You're welcome. Thank you for reading and adding value to this hub by leaving such wonderful comments.

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      Melody Lassalle 

      4 years ago from California

      This was a really neat story! I do believe that it is the small things we do that have an impact on people's days. A simple, kind gesture can go a long way. Thanks for sharing this!

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      travel_man1971: My pleasure to share with a hope that this hub will serve as an inspiration to the readers to pay it forward and do some random acts of kindness without expecting anything in return. It is very gratifying.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Yes, Random Acts of Kindness. It's more like it. You don't expect for something in return with such acts.

      I think, I've written a blog about it. It just happened that my busy days kept me away from that blog (lol!).

      Thanks, Cris for sharing a heartwarming episode of your day in Toronto. :)

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      mothersofnations: Life is beautiful and so are you. Thank you for reading and appreciating the message. Borrowing from Ellen DeGeneres: "Be kind to one another". ~ It breaks my heart to see people begging specially for food. Sad but I believed we all can pitch in and make a difference in our daily lives towards humanity.

      You've paid me the highest compliment by voting and sharing this hub. Thank you.

      Sending you some love from the sky.

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      Mothers of Nations 

      4 years ago

      What a beautiful article! I wholeheartedly believe in kindness, random acts of kindness with strangers and loved ones, sharing and giving to those in need, in some way, somehow. A simple smile can change someone's entire day.

      This is a reflection of the love the Lord gives to us and we should share that love at every opportunity.

      It's true sometimes we get caught up in the business of life and float right past another, but this is why it's so important to make a conscious effort to stop and take a look around you, think to yourself what you can do for someone else and just do it, no excuses :) Before you know it, it'll be done without thinking twice!

      God bless you.

      Voted up and shared!

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Woodmckinney: Glad to know you appreciate it. Thank you.

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Nell! I guess the sayings, "always expect the unexpected" is true and "what goes around, comes around"---good to see you here *smile* and here's sending you some love from the sky. Take care.

    • Woodmckinney profile image


      5 years ago from Maryland

      Great tips here! "4.Open and hold doors for others"- so many people do not do this common courtesy now. It's upsetting, isn't it??

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      What a lovely story, and so true, it does seem to happen that way. you bought the poor guy a coffee then later it was the same for you, isn't it strange? and wonderful too, we should all take time out in the day to notice people and help, wonderful!

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      aviannovice: ...and I intend to continue with the chain of spreading goodwill up above at 38 Thousand feet, down below and on the ground. Let's all do! Thank you for your feedback and kind words. Love from the sky~

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure


      Man of Strength



      Thank you all so much for reading and leaving such wonderful and valuable comments. Please do share the love...let's pay it forward. Sending you all some love from the sky~

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, this is EXACTLY what we need to do to get the world back on track. These were the things that we USED to do. This was the way that life once was. Keep on keeping on, as for every nice thing that you do, it will only happen to others. Then, we will no longer be in the minority, and the United States that was once great will become kind and loving again. You'll see, I guarantee it.

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure





      Thank you so much for reading and leaving me beautiful comments. Pardon me for this general reply. This is not so like me but I'm pretty tight with my schedule these days. I sincerely appreciate all the compliments. Love from the sky~

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Debbie: Thank you for gracing my hub. Good to see you here.

      Love from the sky~

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      livingsta: Thank you. Blessings back to you.

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      vkwok: Thank you.

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      Lucy Jones 

      5 years ago from Scandinavia

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful and very important message with us. Take care -- Lucy.

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      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is a wonderful message, and I'm glad you shared your experience with us. It's a really sweet story. I also liked the video at the bottom.

      Random acts of kindness are not hard to do, and can make all parties involved feel good!

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful day!

      Voted up and sharing.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Man of Strength 

      5 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Hi Cris,

      This is touching and does make you think. I've become skeptical when it comes to giving strangers a dollar or two. I've seen them buy beer or a cigarette with the money, instead of food. This is a reminder that kind acts are to be rewarded. Hope you enjoyed the drink.

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      5 years ago from New York


      This is an absolutely awesome story! I know you're not looking for fame, but I'm still glad you shared and there is a lot to be said that you were willing to simply buy a coffee and give the rest of your change to that man. I was already emotional just looking at his picture and reading the caption and then of course, the story to follow. That one moment, that act of kindness will probably be remembered for the rest of his life. If only everyone was willing to take that one moment. That gave me the chills about the drink paid forward to you. I don't look at anything in life as a coincidence. Awesome!


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      Janet Giessl 

      5 years ago from Georgia country

      Your stories are very inspirational. Paying it forward is quite an important, exemplary act and not something that can be taken for granted. Wonderful hub!

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      Comfort Babatola 

      5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Cristina - I love your story. You've experience an awesome truth of how we as humans are divinely connected in our deeds. Lots of time we are prompted by The Divine to pause, look and listen. Thanks for not ignoring that prompting, thus giving way for this story.

      I love Paying It Forward. It's just a new way of saying 'What you sow, is what you reap. Love the video too. What a way to start the day!

      Thanks for sharing. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Now this is one guy who knows the meaning of these words. If only I could meet someone like that at Starbucks! Thanks for sharing, Cristina!

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      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Oh, my. I missed my father (terribly). Thank you for this beautiful experience. :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Wow what a great video. and hub.. yes pay it forward.. that's what I always say.. I love your hub and your heart.. how wonderful..

      voting up and sharing


    • livingsta profile image


      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful experience. I completely understand how you feel. Sending you hugs and blessings.

      Have a lovely week ahead.

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      5 years ago from Hawaii

      You are one cool dude!

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      My sincere thanks to everyone for reading and commenting! May you all be blessed and be a blessing to others. Please continue to spread the love.

      Love from the sky~

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. This is an inspirational piece which makes me think that things can still turn around for the better. Warms the heart this does. Passing this on.

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      rose-the planner 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Great story! It is so important to give and it really makes you feel great when you do it. I love your list of random acts of kindness. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Ah, my beautiful light and airy friend, you definitely flew high above the clouds with this touching and inspirational gem of a hub! Thank you so very much for sharing. Anyone who knows you through your writing is aware of the state of your lovely heart, and so there was absolutely no need whatsoever to fear that we might misunderstand your intentions. I am so very happy and proud of you for daring to write this memorable Pay It Forward hub. Aloha and blessings from a loving admirer of you and your writing...


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      5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your touching story. We all are capable of paying something forward to help out another human being. Well done. Voted up and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have nothing more to say, Cris, but bless you!


      love from Olympia


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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      How cool. All the little miracles are within us --- and that is a huge miracle.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Definitely a goosebump kind of story! Thank you so much for sharing it! Up+++ my friend!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Cris, your story is amazing. You must have been so touched by having your good deed to a stranger returned by another stranger. See, there really are good people in the world!

      This past Friday my neighbor and I made dinner and dessert for our local firefighters and delivered it to them in the late afternoon. They were so appreciative and the feeling I left with is almost unexplainable. I felt so good letting our firefighters know they are appreciated. It was a good day!

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Cris,

      I am so thankful you did share your true story here, and it did give goosebumps. This is a beautiful piece and, yes, all it takes is a little kindness in this world, and it will be a lot nicer place. Kindness goes a long way!!!

      We are thinking along the same lines this day : )

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      5 years ago from United States

      Great story about paying it forward and a reminder to slow down in life to take in the world around us! :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Cris,

      What a fabulous account of paying it forward and so happy you decided to share it here! Your thoughtfulness and then a complete stranger paying you kindness were great examples of H.O.W we can make a difference in this world. Well done my friend on showing how simple things can make such a difference if we open out hearts.

      Voted up, useful, awesome,beautiful, interesting, shared!


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