Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Pay It Forward

An act of kindness just because...

During the break, I had plenty of chances to show an act of kindness. However there are only few big things I could have done. I had plenty of ideas but most of them took a lot of patience, time, energy and motivation. Most of those I didn't have. Another thing is that I mostly forgot about the assignment. On Sunday, January 4, I was at Future Shop with a friend and I was telling him how I forgot about this assignment. After listening he gave a huge idea. He told me that I could stand by the cashier line and help people pay for their things. I think he meant is as just a joke, but I thought about it. Sure, I had money to help people but that wasn't what I was thinking. I was thinking that if I told the people what I was doing and I ask them to pay it forward, I might just be able to say that I did my homework. So as a last attempt to PAY IT FORWARD, I stood in line and talked to people.

(Sadly, I didn't get this act in camera or video so it might seem unbelievable but you'll just have to trust me.)

Two guys offering to help pay for your things might seem kind of.... I don't know... out of the ordinary. Yet that's what I was doing. We were there for at least a good half an hour. I have to tell you, it was REALLY REALLY AWKWARD!! I talked to a few people that was in line and I got some pretty cool responses. Most them were real nice and some just sort of didn't respond. As I explained to them what I was doing, some people told me that they knew what Pay It Forward was, which was cool because it sort of made it somewhat less awkward. I asked most of them to Pay It Forward and it seems like they were interested in doing so. However, I didn't really ask those dudes that showed no reaction to Pay It Forward because it was weird and I just wanted to stop talking to them. Fortunately, people were nice that day. Everybody I had talked didn't really want to take my money so it was fine.

Can one person make difference? Heck Yeah! I believe that it only takes one person to make a difference. It may be a slow start but you never now where it can lead. It's just like a paper boat that you make and sail off in the lake or ocean. More like a message in the bottle. It can travel far. So think, if one person can make a difference, how much more of a difference can our whole class together make?


  1. camille817 said...

    Good job Nicko!:) I really like the last part... about the paper boat?!? it was very true and interesting! keep up the good work!

    -Camille ^_^

    January 7, 2009 at 6:51 PM  

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