I love being positive. It is the way I try to live my life. I have said many times I am a glass half full person and have been most of my life. Sure there have been difficulties and challenges but good grief—we have so much to be thankful for!!! That is why I got so excited when I read that Missy at Literal Mom was helping to co sponsor a great blog event Pay it Forward. She and Carolyn at Hooked and Happy are sharing stories of hope and positive acts of kindness during this week and I had to link up with them. There are some great stories out there to share and some of you might want to join in also. Please go to either of these fabulous ladies blogs (just click on their names above) and join in the Pay it Forward blog hop–they will be doing another one in December so it will be great to make this a part of your monthly blog cycle!!!
I have a fabulous Pay it Forward story that I have shared before. When we lived in Mooresville, North Carolina we lived in a nice little subdivision on a golf course. It was lovely but the not so lovely part of living there was the fact that we lived on a very busy peninsula with one road in and out. It got crazy sometimes with traffic that never seemed to end. Brawley School Road was the road that we all had to travel to get anywhere and everyone seemed to choose the same time to use it. I knew how hard it was to get out of one of the side streets that did not have a traffic light. It was nearly impossible during morning rush hour. One morning I was on my way to work and noticed a car coming off one of the side streets. Since I had been sitting still for awhile I figured they had been stuck there even longer so I slowed, motioned for the man to come out and let him into the line of traffic. No big deal. Just being polite. It was Wednesday and double punch day at The Human Bean so I usually whipped through to get my favorite cafe mocha for the drive to Concord. Again I waited in line. No big deal. As I got to the drive up window and ordered my sweet treat and pulled out my card to pay the barista she told me that the man in front of me had paid for my coffee. He had told her that I had let him out in traffic and it had made his day. I did not even notice that it was the same car in front of me at the coffee place as I pulled up!!! What a great thing!!! One small deed set the tone for the day for me and every time I went to that drive up later I thought of that!
It was a simple thing. It did not change the world. It did not save a life or make a permanent change but it did make my day. Just think if we all showed a bit more consideration how good we all would feel. Simple truth is that it takes nothing to offer someone a smile. If that is all you have today—offer it and offer it freely. It is well worth it.