Let’s face it, we see and hear too much negative publicity around us. I refrain from watching the news because I choose to focus on the good out there. Some TV stations now have good news segments yet I wish there was a TV news channel dedicated ONLY to positivity. Paying it forward is one such way we transform everything and everyone around us. I love paying it forward, don’t you? Doesn’t it just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? I used to start or continue the practice of paying for the order behind me when I used to visit Starbucks. I like doing things for other people without them knowing who helped them.
For example, awhile back, I was standing behind a young couple while they ordered their meals at a local small business restaurant. Their debit card declined and the couple looked embarrassed, upset and hungry. As I heard them get out of line and talk among themselves about how they should had enough money to cover their meal, I quietly ordered my meal and paid for theirs. I asked the cashier to wait until the next person or two ordered and then let them know their meal was paid for. Their smiles and relief was priceless. Another practice I have, regardless of my personal financial situation, is to pay for or contribute to meals, tickets and the like for active duty military. When someone is in uniform, I walk up to them and thank them for their service to our country. They always look surprised when this happens.
I know there are countless ways thousands…millions of people pay it forward every single day. I am most impressed with children who show such generosity, selflessness and action. They are our future and the more children of all ages do things for others, the more we transform humanity for the good.Here are some recent examples of teens in action:
1. A Minnesota teen’s act of kindness for a blind customer has prompted an outpouring of praise, including from billionaire Warren Buffett, who has invited the teen to his company shareholder’s meeting next year.
Joey Prusak, 19, gave $20 from his own pocket to a blind customer who dropped a twenty-dollar bill that was snatched by a woman who refused to return it.
2. Huge Pink Truck Brings High Fashion to Poor Teens
Allyson Ahlstrom, 18, wanted to scrap the idea of struggling teen girls getting only handed-down clothes from the thrift store. She wanted to boost their self-esteem by providing two brand-new head-to-toe outfits for any girl in need, so she started Threads for Teens two years ago in Santa Rosa, California.
This year she takes her clothing store on the road bringing hope and pride to girls in need across the country. Can you believe what this young woman has accomplished?
(WATCH the video below from NBC, or READ a GNN story with links to Allyson’s website)
3. I’ve seen examples of kids having lemonade stands to raise money for a friend or loved one and sometimes even strangers. I’ve seen kids fore-go birthday gifts and ask for money to donate to a good cause. Wow.
Next time you watch the news or hear anything negative about your community, your state or our nation, remember there are little, tween and almost adult kids changing the world. Check out countless examples of good news going on at www.goodnewsnetwork.com. What can you do to help them? What have you done to serve as an example for children? What are you doing to help change the world? Let’s start with ourselves and those around us. In doing this, we influence others to do the same.
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