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Paying It Forward

by Sandra Elzie

Have you ever see the movie Pay It Forward…about the young boy who “Paid It Forward” …in fact,  his entire school got involved in paying it forward?  Even if you didn’t see the movie, I’m sure you know that the concept is to do something good for someone…not expecting to get anything in return, but in the hope that the person will someday do something good for someone else and so on and so on.   This way of thinking means that you’re thinking about others more than you’re thinking about yourself.   In my humble opinion, that’s a concept that more parents should demonstrate to their children.

Then a week ago a friend e-mailed the following news report, You-tube to me and I knew I had to share it with you.  It’s a MUST WATCH.   Hope you enjoy it…Oh, and have the Kleenex handy.

Now, wasn’t that impressive?  Instead of thinking about himself, he thought about someone else.

Have you ever been on the receiving end of a nice gesture that you will never be able to repay?  Or maybe you were the one doing the paying forward?  Share it with us.


IMG_0100About The Author:

Sandra Elzie writes contemporary romance and lives with her husband  in the Atlanta, Georgia area.  Oh, and we can’t forget the owner of Sandy’s house, Jack, the resident feline.  You can read more about her on her    Her books are available on Amazon.

Sandra also writes as Sandra McGregor.  Her books are available on Amazon.














Pam Asberry - March 11, 2014 - 1:25 am

What a beautiful video. I have been on both the giving and the receiving end of “pay it forward.” But like the soldier in the video I am inspired to do more. Thanks for the reminder.

Carol Burnside - March 11, 2014 - 3:20 am

Very cool. Like Pam, I’ve been on both the giving and the receiving end of “pay it forward.” It’s a wonderful concept and worthy constant practice.

Maxine - March 11, 2014 - 9:14 am

Sandy, Enjoyed the post. Yes, I have been on the receiving end and the giving one. Both bring a great feeling, but the giving is a really great one. Have a wonderful day!

Connie Gillam - March 11, 2014 - 9:38 am

That video brought tears to my eyes.

I’ve been on the giving end of ‘paying it forward.’

My son-in-law, who just retired from the service, had just returned from Afghanistan after his first tour. Dressed in his fatigues, he went into Publix to buy diapers for his daughter. He ended up picking up a few other items and when he checked out, a customer behind him paid for the items. The customer wanted to say thank you for my son-in-law’s service to the country.

Marilyn Baron - March 11, 2014 - 9:56 am

What an inspirational video. It brought tears to my eyes and Connie, your story was wonderful too. I think a lot of people in Georgia Romance Writers try to pay it forward by helping pre-published authors along on their writing journey. I try to pay it forward but like Pam says, this video will certainly inspire you to do more. I remember the time my daughter and I were sitting in a restaurant having dinner and we were laughing and talking and when the server came over and it was time to pay the bill she said it was already taken care of by one of the customers in the restaurant We looked around but she said he had already gone. I thought that was a very generous thing to do.

tamara Leblanc - March 11, 2014 - 10:20 am

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing this…thank you.

Sandra Elzie - March 11, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Hi Pam,
You know, I think we can ALL do more…even if we don’t have a lot of money, we can offer our time. Shopping for an elderly person (or someone who has been injured) or maybe babysitting for a younger couple to be able to have a date night.

Sandra Elzie - March 11, 2014 - 5:22 pm

You’re right…paying it forward is a worthy concept to try to keep in mind. Sometimes it’s as simple as giving someone a hand (an arm to brace on) when they’re trying to get up or down steps that don’t have a handrail.

Sandra Elzie - March 11, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Oh Maxine…I’ve also been on both sides…giving and having done for me. In fact, I remember one time calling one of my blog sisters because I needed somewhere to park our travel trailer one night. You were the perfect hostess to your front yard boarders. You gave us snacks, sodas and even a pint of yummy Italian ice cream. I’d say that was a VERY nice pay it forward act of kindness.

Sandra Elzie - March 11, 2014 - 5:29 pm

What a great story about your son-in-law. I tried to buy lunch for a young service man, but he turned me down. He said he was fine and would rather me spend my money on someone who was in more need. He didn’t get the fact that I was simply trying to pay for his hamburger as a thank you for the job he’s doing for me…and the United States…putting his life on the line and probably at a salary that’s below poverty level.

Sandra Elzie - March 11, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Great story about you and your daughters getting your lunch paid for. A nice act like that certainly reminds us to look for ways to do for others. Thank you for sharing.

Sandy Elzie - March 11, 2014 - 5:54 pm

Hi Tamara,
Thank you so much for commenting. I think we all need to be reminded occasionally to stop and look around us to see who needs something. May God bless you and yours.

SUsan Carlisle - March 12, 2014 - 7:45 pm

I try to pay it forward and backwards. So many people have done so much for my family.

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