Today I completed paying it forward 5 times. Guess I should have picked a higher number, but here's the thing...it's pretty easy for me to do. Paying it forward can be done in soo many ways. Sometimes it's enough to just make someone smile, other times you can pay it forward and literally change someone's life. Paying it forward doesn't even have to have anything to do with paying. I try to do whatever feels right at the time.
I had to go to the mall today to have a watch sized. While I was there a woman in an electric wheelchair was in the line in front of me. After she paid she just hung out at the register area for a while and no one seemed to say a word to her. I finally asked if she needed something. She asked if I could put her shopping bag in the bag attached to the back of her wheel chair. Simple enough.
On my way out I went into Nordstrom to check out the sale shoe rack. I ran into the lady again. She jokingly asked if I was following her and then we started to chat about shoes in general. Wearing flats, how much heels hurt and especially for her how expensive shoes are now compared to when she was my age. We were chatting so much the lady that worked there thought we were together. I happened upon some Halogen shoes that were marked down to $24 and I knew she liked them. All the other Halogens were over $50 and she mentioned how much I scored on finding the one really marked down pair.
At that point we parted ways and I sat waiting for the sales attendant to bring the match to the shoe. Once I had both shoes I tried them on, they were perfect. I kept thinking though about this lady as I watched her not find another pair she liked. So, I walked over to her and handed the box to her and told her I thought she should have them. You know what? It made her day. I didn't have to buy her anything, but in some small way I gave her a gift. It felt so good and see, that's the thing about paying it forward. It makes the day of everyone involved.
Try it sometime, you just might find that it becomes a regular occurrence for you too.