Pay it forward.
Paying it forward, what do we mean about that? Why do we have this as our life mantra and as our website slogan?
To get to the answer of those questions we have to take a little time travel in our lives. You see, when I grew up and when Jessa was young, life was hard. It was different reasons for this, but to sum it up it was hard for both of us..
For me it was because of experiences with a couple of adult persons who made my life really hard to manage. Those experiences in the very beginning of my life journey have been a challenge I have never been able to overcome as an adult and therefor has impacted my future life in a very bad direction.
Jessa grew up in poor conditions in the mountain of Ginatilan, Cebu. Her life as a child was incredibly hard, but thanks to loving parents and a good family around her, she could handle the cards she was dealt in life.
The one thing we have in common. Even if the reason was different for a hard start to life is that if we at any point of our growth from a child into an adult person would have met someone who cared about our situation and at the same time could have, and actually would have helped our lives into a more positive direction, both of us would have avoided a lot of grief.
Me and Jessa never experienced that, but we do want others to experience the difference one random act of kindness can do to a persons life.
If you get one random act of kindness from a stranger who want nothing in return, give it forward to the next person you meet that you can make a difference for and ask of that person to pay it forward later in life.
In year 2000 it was made a video about the concept, simply called: pay it forward.
We do have a goal that our members and visitors will join in on this idea. We want tourists to do one act of random kindness when you visit the Philippines. Tell them to pay it forward later on in life when they have the opportunity to help, and give us the full story in our forum.