In 2015, I was a part of a Pay It Forward project. This invitation came through a Facebook friend, offering the first three people to respond an opportunity to receive surprises throughout the year. Whether that be a dinner at your doorstep, a book, or a handwritten note. I jumped at the opportunity! There were two reasons, 1) because it gave me a chance to get to know this friend better, and 2) upon taking part, I took a pledge to pay it forward and offer this to three new people the following year.
It was a fun experiment. I received one gift: a book and bottle, which was lovely!
Last year, I honored my pledge and did my own Pay It Forward project for three friends – a longtime friend, a former nanny, and a school committee friend. I knew each of these individuals to varying degrees. I never did anything extravagant, but it was a treat to send something thoughtful and a handwritten note.
The point of this project is to make someone else’s day, but I found it profoundly gratifying to treat others to something kind and thoughtful.
It’s a story from my personal life, yet so relatable to work and our busy day-to-day lives. I encourage you to take a moment to make someone’s day at work this week. You too will reap the benefits, and the act of kindness helps us all!
Have you had any fun pay-it-forward opportunities or surprises in your life?