Pay It Forward

Pay it forward. We hear this catch phrase so often that I feel its true meaning is somehow lost or diminished. Who remembers the 2000 movie “Pay it Forward” with Helen Hunt, Kevin Spacey, and Haley Joe Osment? What a wonderful movie rooted in the spirit of giving, giving without self-centered or self-promoting strings attached. In the movie Haley Joe Osment’s character Trevor, is given a class assignment by his history teacher to devise and put into action a plan that will change the world for the better. Trevor’s plan is to do a favor for someone – a big favor. Rather than payback the favor, the recipient instead chooses 3 people to do a favor for, and so on, creating a ‘Network of good deeds.’ I’m sure we’ve probably all seen the movie, but what a concept. How different would our world be if each of us took the time to do something for someone knowing we could not benefit in anyway personally, professionally or financially. Could we change our world for the better? […]

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