For many of us, pay-it-forward day conjures up images of Oprah Winfrey, but that isn’t where pay-it-forward originated. In 1784, Benjamin Franklin wrote about this amazing concept in letter to a friend who owed him money.
Franklin urged the man to pass the money on to another man in similar distress, adding
“This is a trick of mine for doing a great deal of good with little money.”
Of course, paying-it-forward doesn’t need to involve money, but it does involve doing something good for someone else who isn’t expecting it – often referred to as “random acts of kindness.” The trick, of course, is to challenge yourself to do something for someone else – just to be kind. That person in turn pays-it-forward to another unsuspecting person and the chain continues improving the lives of countless people across the globe.
The Kindness Center in Portland, Maine strives to do just that by staging events throughout the year where participants practice the art of random acts of kindness, the cornerstone of paying-it-forward.
Maine writers Karen Lee Banks and Linda Batey, practice paying-it-forward everyday by sharing their blessings and inspiring others to reach deep into themselves to find success and happiness.
Others, like the talented photographers on Flickr share their work freely allowing writers and others to use their amazing photos for their creative work. These generous people have blessed my life and the lives of my readers with their generosity and talent.
I’ve decided to share a slideshow of images of sunrises from around the world with you today in the hope that it will make your day just a little bit brighter. Please feel free to pay-it-forward by sharing it with friends and acquaintances to brighten their day, too.
Please take a moment to visit the photographer’s profiles on Flickr (user names are under the images in the slideshow) and leave a word of thanks.
Need ideas for paying-it-forward?
- Buy someone’s coffee – or if you are feeling generous, visit the grocery store and pick up the tab for someone else.
- Give a needy child a new pair of shoes.
- Visit a shut in.
- Drop a note of appreciation to someone you love.
- Rake someone’s yard.
- Share a batch of fresh baked cookies.
- Buy movie tickets for the people behind you.
- Give someone bus tokens.
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