Do You Pay It Forward?

Its amazing the power of paying it forward.

Its something I just do these days and don’t really think much of it.

This morning really  hit home how quickly paying it forward can come back and reward you.

So I was doing some grocery shopping, buying a fair bit of stuff – probably 2 weeks worth of groceries.

The guy in front of me was just buying 1 can of soft drink.

He had no cash on him & was paying by card.

Well it turned out the card just wasn’t being recognized by the machine.  Many many attempts were made to try and get the card read.

I could see the guy was fairly thirsty & I didn’t want him to go without a drink so I just said to the cashier that I will pay for the drink, it was fine.

I really didn’t think much of it – it was just helping a guy out that was thirsty.

Well the guy couldn’t believe it. he shook my hand, his facial expression of gratitude was enough for me to know I had done a good deed.  I thought for a second he was gonna hug me and make a big scene, thank god he didn’t.

The cashier hadn’t seen anyone do something like that before was telling me how awesome it was.  I just replied, “Mate, its a Sunday morning, the guy was thirsty, seemed like the right thing to do”

Well it turned out the cashier was so impressed with this deed he discounted most of my food I bought, discounting way more than what I paid for the other guys drink.

I tell this story not to brag. I tell this story to inspire others to go and pay it forward.

It may not be a monetary thing, just a good deed goes a long way.

Its kind of contagious.

I just love this video clip of the basics of paying it forward – its not big things – its the small things that make the world a better place


Please leave your comments below on examples you know of paying it forward

  • Definitely contagious! Thanks for sharing this post. 🙂

  • WOW, great story Alex, and you are right – it is the little things that make a big difference. You made a difference to that guy and who knows what he may go on to do for someone else. Very inspiring 😀

  • Every chance I get, Alex! If everyone just took a couple of minutes out of their day to help someone else or do something kind for another person, think about what an incredible world we would live in! Thanks for sharing this important reminder!

  • That’s a great story Alex. Many times in my life I have found that when I genuinely help someone out with no expectations, it has come back to me when I least expected, in many different ways, whether as a kindness, money, opportunity or work.

  • Hey Alex, this is awesome! Can be so easy to help someone, yet easy not to help too! Luv the video. Thanks and I WILL pay it forward!

    • Alex Bender

      Thanks for you comment Jeff – Yes it is so easy just to take a second out of your day to help someone – its not much to you but could be the world for someone else

  • My nana always said what goes round comes round in multiples. so what we give out we get back! I love this article Alex you softie you 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • It is a heart warming story, there is still kindness in this world. My nana always said what goes round comes round in buckets full. We get what we give out simple! Thanks Alex for sharing!

  • That’s a great story Alex, Thanks for sharing it. Real Results when giving, you never know when or how it comes around, but it always does and more! Inspiring!

  • Wow that is a GREAT story! Good Karma!

  • Amazing to see this video just now! This morning on my way to an appointment I saw a little dog tied to a pole and he had got himself all tangled up in his lead by going round and round the pole. So I stopped and untangled him. What a delight to see him be able to move again.

    • Alex Bender

      Awesome example Treska. Especially with mans best friend. However sometimes i think that dogs just love to get themselves all tangled up…..

  • I loved the video and really want to pay it forward with training and assistance to my team.

  • Thanks Alex for o good to others and good will come to you 🙂 Big fan of pay it forward.

    • Alex Bender

      Glad to hear it mate.

  • Yup, a kind gesture is what it takes. Enjoyed the video too. By the way, Alex, I like Pepsi!

    • Alex Bender

      You never know Carol one day me or someone else may give you a bottle of your beloved Pepsi when you are in a moment of thirst!

  • Great message here Alex. Paying it forward always has huge dividends in return, usually at the moment and in the amount that we were not exactly expecting. cool vid! Cheers.

  • That is very gracious, what you did Alex!

    And we also believe that by giving love, you will receive it back!

  • In this dog eat dog world of ours its nice to know there is always someone willing to do such a kind gesture. Karma will smile on you one of