How do you pay it forward?

I did a stupid thing on my way to work this morning. I cut it a little close with a low tank of gas and ended up at a gas station far from home without my wallet or any cash. UGH!!!

Long story short, I jumped from gas station to gas station trying to find someplace that would take a check (without an ID). No surprise, there weren’t any takers – which left me SOL with a baby girl in the back of my car miles from where we needed to be for the day. So not cool.

After a handful of gas stations, I sucked it up and asked for help from a very nice lady pumping gas into her car. She helped me get gas in my car, wouldn’t let me pay her back and pretty much saved my day.

I want to pay it forward and I need your ideas. How can I make a difference in someone else’s day this week? How has a stranger made a difference in your life?

5 Comments so far

  1. Scott B (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

    Reminds me of something that happened not to long ago to me. I mentioned it here… http://joyexplosion.com/?p=408

    I am graduating and needed to come up with $300 for the MCAT exam. The MCAT will allow me to continue on to a Masters program. Coming home from a Bible study one night, I checked the mail and there was a check in an envelope from a couple I’ve only known online. The check was for $300 and had this Bible reference on it. Galatians 6:2 “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”

    Never thought of it that way. Perhaps the lady who saved you at the gas station was doing so because of this verse. I betcha she’d probably do it daily if able.

    The thought here… whether you are Christian or not, we need to pay it forward always. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we always looked out for each other?


  2. Morton Hurley (unregistered) on April 4th, 2007 @ 12:03 am

    To properly pay it forward… simply keep an open mind to helping others. The biggest impacts on me involve involuntary acts of kindness.

    Speaking of impacts… has any else noticed the sudden rise in the mosquito population around town?!


  3. inkoluv (unregistered) on April 4th, 2007 @ 8:41 am

    That is a very cool story. Thanks for reminding us that there are good people out there and that we should always be nice and give when we can.


  4. Javier Avellan (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 2:27 pm

    Mele and I have been practitioners of “pay it forward” since we met. In fact, so many people helped us when we were first married and we could not find a way to pay them back (except inviting them to eat arepas)… so we’ve been paying it forward ever since. Anytime we help someone and they ask how they can pay us back, we always mention our “pay it forward” stories and ask them to do the same.

    Thanks for sharing Katie. It’s nice to hear of folks helping others.


  5. valiko (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 3:51 am

    Have you seen that movie Pay it forward? Oh that really amazing!



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