Wisdomology

Paying It Forward

Paying It Forward

“The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on.”
-Julia Alvarez

One of the ideologies I’ve talked about previously is attracting energy that you give out.

In other words if you’re a negative person, you’ll most likely invite negative company. And likewise if you’re optimistic.

That same idea can be explored in another personality attribute as well: paying it forward.

The importance of paying it forward can never be understated no matter which way you look at it.

If you’re spiritual and believe in karma, then it’s self explanatory of why you shpuld at least try to give back.

But even if you’re not a spiritual person, the act of paying something forward is still a belief that should be adhered to simply take humanity to a higher level.

When applying either of the two beliefs, there are several benefits to paying something forward besides the obvious ones.

Firstly, you can never underestimate the value of it, especially from the recipient’s point of view. For example, you might give a dollar to a homeless person thinking, it’s just a dollar.

But if that person has not eaten in days, even a bag of chips or a burger or whatever else they can buy for a dollar will mean the world to them.

Secondly, it helps you be more selfless and also gives you something to be thankful for.

If you’re in a position where you can give something back, even if the actually quantity is not much, it means you’re in a better position than the recipient.

And lastly, you never know what it could lead to. Karma or otherwise, every action we take, good or bad, has a consequence down the road.

Do you believe in paying it forward? And if so, how often do you try to do it? Join this discussion by commenting below.

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Shirley Satterfield (@shirleymandelsatterfield)
1 year ago

Such a beautiful sentiment as expressed in such a lovely poem.

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