Pay it forward
Why do we have this as our life mantra and as our website slogan?
It is quite simple. Life is hard for so many. Life is good for so few.
No matter who you are, where you are in the world, how your own life is, we have a choice. You can choose to be a good person. You can choose to try making the world a little bit better.
You alone cannot change the world, but you can make it a little bit better for a selected few people over the course of your lifespan.
When you have an opportunity to do so, help out a person who need it at a time you can easily do so.
Tell him to pay it forward by letting that person helping out when he/she can. Not you, but someone he meets on his journey in life. Tell him to give the same message: Pay it forward.
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 and are in need of some help at a time you can help out.
Ask of that person to pay it forward later in life, instead of paying you back. Keep the chain going forward.
I have never been a believer in handouts, so do not give that. I believe in helping people to help themselves.
If you just give money they are usually very soon back to point blank. If the situation you help is due to financial issues, help them by making it possible to get into a better place in life, not with money, but with what is needed for them to be able to manage on their own.
Also, everyone cannot be helped. Some people just do not understand when a good thing happened to them, yet others have no interest in an honest days work.
When you pay it forward, help them to help themselves. For me and Jessa, we have limited resources, but we help out in various ways. Sometimes with big success and sometimes we help did no good at all and the person is back to where they started. At least we tried.
One of the most successful stories is the brother we helped to get an entry level construction job. He had nothing to his name but suddenly got a chance to work construction. The problem was, he had no money to buy equipment needed, food or a place to stay. We bought what he needed for the job, gave a small amount of money and a place in the city to stay.
Now, a few years later, he has climbed the ladder in that company. He worked himself up from an entry level position and are now doing very good. He is the very definition of receiving help to then manage on his own after a short period of time.