Pay It Forward

Posted by : foongpc | Wednesday, December 24, 2008 | Published in

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Today is Christmas eve. As Christmas Day approaches, we are reminded that Christmas is in fact a time for gifts. Giving and receiving gifts.

But do you know what is the best gift of all?

To me, it is the gift of love.

Have you ever thought of giving this gift of love to anyone you meet?

Well, maybe you can start doing that today. You can give love by simply committing a random act of kindness.

Like, paying the toll for the person behind you.

Or let the person lining up in a queue behind you get in front of you.

Offer your hand to carry groceries for someone at the supermarket.

Offer your seat to someone in the bus.

Offer the parking space you just found to the car behind you.

Or, perhaps you have been treated with a random act of kindness by a total stranger. How did you feel then? Were you grateful for his or her kindness? What did you do to repay him or her?

The best thing you could do is not to repay him, but to pay it forward.

If you have seen the movie "Pay It Forward", you will know what I mean. So you have been helped by a stranger. Now what you do is to help another fellow human being and if that person shows his gratitude by asking how he or she can repay you, tell him to pay it forward instead.

Imagine everyone doing this! Love will spread round the globe! It will be totally infectious!

And when enough people spread the message of love on earth, things will change. A new consciousness will arrive and we will have peace on earth.

Isn't that what we want? Heaven on earth?

Well, in the spirit of Christmas, let us all commit a random act of kindness and if we are at the receiving end, help to pay it forward.

Now I thought this is a nice song for this post. It's aptly called "The Gift" composed by Jim Brickman and sung by Susan Ashton and Collin Raye.



Enjoy the song and have a Merry Christmas everyone!!

(43) Comments

  1. Bengbeng said...

    Merry Christmas my friend. Merry Christmas.

    December 24, 2008 at 9:26 AM
  2. 3POINT8 said...

    I watched the movie. The concept is freaking cool. I'm starting to practice this. I hope it works.

    December 24, 2008 at 9:40 AM
  3. My Bug Life said...

    Thanks for sharing this! Merry Christmas and have a great holiday!! :)

    December 24, 2008 at 10:06 AM
  4. foongpc said...

    bengbeng, a very merry christmas to you! Hope you are enjoying your holidays in Penang and KL! : )

    3point8, I'm so glad you find it cool. Yes, pay it forward : )

    my bug life, merry christmas and enjoy your holidays! : )

    December 24, 2008 at 11:25 AM
  5. Monica said...

    Foong, Merry Christmas to you! ;-)

    December 24, 2008 at 4:12 PM
  6. day-dreamer said...

    Merry Christmas! :)

    December 24, 2008 at 5:06 PM
  7. foongpc said...

    monica, thanks for the awards! Merry Christmas! : )

    day-dreamer, Merry Christmas to you too! : )

    December 24, 2008 at 7:31 PM
  8. Babette said...

    Hello my friend, Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    December 24, 2008 at 7:34 PM
  9. lina said...

    Merry Christmas Foong, to you and your family.

    December 24, 2008 at 10:22 PM
  10. Life Ramblings said...

    merry christmas and happy holidays!

    December 24, 2008 at 10:36 PM
  11. foongpc said...

    babette, merry christmas to you & your family too! : )

    lina, thanks! Have a nice holiday yourself! : )

    life ramblings, merry christmas to you too! : )

    December 24, 2008 at 10:52 PM
  12. renaye said...

    merry xmas!

    may u get lots of presents!

    December 24, 2008 at 11:03 PM
  13. Bengbeng said...

    To be honest I wanted very much to meet up with u :) But the time was not convenient for u as u had a dinner appointment. I wanted to call you but unfortunately I didn't have your tel number.

    But there will always be another time. :)

    December 25, 2008 at 12:00 AM
  14. MisSmall said...

    Merry Christmas to you too! Have a good one. :)

    December 25, 2008 at 12:13 AM
  15. Lisa said...

    merry Christmas:D

    December 25, 2008 at 12:32 AM
  16. EastCoastLife said...

    Wishing you and your family a Merry Xmas!!

    December 25, 2008 at 12:39 AM
  17. Mariuca said...

    Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas from Mariuca! :)

    December 25, 2008 at 2:18 AM
  18. Mariuca said...

    Oh I love Jim Brickman too!! :):):)

    December 25, 2008 at 2:18 AM
  19. Cashmere said...

    I know about this Pay It Forward somewhere.. Merry Christmas to you.. Hope you'll enjoy your holidays! :)

    December 25, 2008 at 6:53 AM
  20. keeyit said...

    Gift of love?
    I also wish ppl can give me love... hahhaha

    Merry christmas..

    December 25, 2008 at 9:27 AM
  21. Faisal Admar said...

    huwa! i have to open another window in order to comment and read your post at the same time :P its easier if you use the pop up method :P

    hehe. so there is no gift on birthday and no gift on christmas? you are so cruel you know? :P if you meet me, you must bring a gift i don't care. doesn't matter if its cheap or expensive the thought counts :P

    movie "pay it forward"? who are the actor and actress?

    i read to one of the blogs just now and he wanna see a world with no crime and now a world with kindness. do you think world can really revolve into this? i really hope so but you know human being. they are the most self-centered creature on earth. nothing can beats!

    love the snow in the music video. but anyhow the song really make me sad for some reasons. love is not a good word for me at the moment. sob. i love this song... but...

    December 25, 2008 at 10:11 AM
  22. HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

    Have a wonderful Christmas!!!!!! Wishing you the best! Love stopping by.

    December 25, 2008 at 10:18 AM
  23. lina said...

    Sometimes doing random act of kindness, you are met with suspicion by the person receiving it.

    I guess nowadays we are preconditioned to be suspicious of ppl that we can't accept kindness from strangers.

    December 25, 2008 at 10:22 AM
  24. [SK] said...

    merry christmas and a great year 2009 ahead~~ :)

    December 25, 2008 at 10:55 AM
  25. iWalk said...

    We call that the "big love". Not the love to those who love you, but the love to the whole world.

    You are the person with this kind of "big love".

    Merry Christmas, And A happy happy new year!

    December 25, 2008 at 10:56 AM
  26. molly said...

    Merry Christmas!!!

    December 25, 2008 at 12:24 PM
  27. foongpc said...

    renaye, merry christmas to you too! : )

    bengbeng, yes there will always be another time to meet up : )

    missmall, thanks. Merry christmas to you too! : )

    lisa, merry christmas!! : )

    eastcoastlife, merry christmas to you and family : )

    December 25, 2008 at 12:52 PM
  28. foongpc said...

    mariuca, thanks. Oh, you like Jim Brickman too? Did you go to his concert in Genting last year? Btw, have nice Christmas holiday week! : )

    cashmere, I only knew about it after watching the movie. Yes, happy holidays to you! : )

    keeyit, I'm sure if you give a gift of love to others, you will get love many times in return! : )

    December 25, 2008 at 1:02 PM
  29. foongpc said...

    faisal admar, haha! OK, if I meet you, I will bring you a gift - a cheap one since you say it does not matter! Haha!

    Pay It Forward is a movie starring Haley Joel Osment (the boy who can see ghost in The Sixth Sense), Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey. It's a nice movie - go and watch it!

    I think if just one fifth of the world's population practise random act of kindness, it will make an impact.

    You are pining for your friend, is it? Well, there are many more fishes in the ocean so just let go : )

    December 25, 2008 at 1:10 PM
  30. foongpc said...

    health nut wannabee mom, thanks and merry christmas to you too. have a wonderful holiday! : )

    lina, I guess what you said is true. People just cannot believe you will be so kind and think you have ulterior motive. Nevertheless, we should not let that stop us from practising random act of kindness : )

    SK, thanks and merry christmas! : )

    December 25, 2008 at 1:18 PM
  31. foongpc said...

    iWalk, oh I didn't know that's called big love! Anyway, the first thing is we must start with the love for ourselves, then those we know and close to us, before we can have this "big love". All I know is every human being deserves love no matter who he or she is or what he or she does. Merry Christmas to you! : )

    molly, have a merry christmas and happy holidays! : )

    December 25, 2008 at 1:19 PM
  32. suituapui

    Good post...I think we should do those things everyday though, not just for X'mas...and this is one of my fave Jim Brickman songs!!! Merry Christmas to you...

    December 25, 2008 at 5:13 PM
  33. Cashmere said...

    Btw, its a bautiful song.. I have always loved this song.. Merry Christmas again! :P

    December 25, 2008 at 5:51 PM
  34. foongpc said...

    suituapui, yes should do everyday instead of just Christmas. You like Jim Brickman too? Looks like we've found common ground in music : )

    cashmere, yes beautifully composed and beautifully sung! : )

    December 26, 2008 at 9:18 PM
  35. QuaChee said...

    a big heart u have foongpc! :) i like that movie & concept too. thanks for the wonderful share :)

    December 26, 2008 at 10:17 PM
  36. foongpc said...

    quachee, thank you. It's a great movie, right? Glad you like the concept : )

    December 26, 2008 at 11:27 PM
  37. Jim said...

    Well this seems a little late, so I wish you a Happy New Year instead :D

    Anyway I really wish to share my story of Christmas this year here. Consider it a "forward payment" :P

    December 28, 2008 at 4:37 PM
  38. foongpc said...

    jim, it's not too late - I'm still in my Christmas mood. Happy new year to you too! Oh, thanks for sharing your story - will check it out! : )

    December 28, 2008 at 10:49 PM
  39. Faisal Admar said...

    omg! that lil kid is so cute! adorable. still kiddo like last time eh?

    December 31, 2008 at 7:34 PM
  40. foongpc said...

    Yes, last time. Now quite grown up already : )

    January 1, 2009 at 12:29 AM
  41. Tekkaus said...

    Happy belated Merry Christmas! Ha =)

    January 2, 2009 at 11:13 AM
  42. foongpc said...

    Wow! It's already 2009, and you wish me Merry Christmas? Anyway, late is better than never, so thanks Tekkaus! : )

    January 3, 2009 at 11:20 PM
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