Paying It Forward and Transforming Humanity

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.–abc-news-topstories.html


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 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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8 replies
    • TandyMain
      TandyMain says:

      Sugandha, India definitely has a culture of care. I want to visit India one day. It’s on my bucket list. Thanks so much for reminding me that countries around the WORLD pay it forward and transform humanity every single day.

    • TandyMain
      TandyMain says:

      Thanks for sharing Sojourner. Kudos to you for your generosity. This reminds me of an article I read recently where a woman carried extra gloves during the winter and shared them with those in need on subways. Very cool.

  1. Kathie
    Kathie says:

    Love reading things like this. I agree about the news. Doom and gloom everywhere. Paying it forward is something everyone should practice and teach to our next generation. They learn by watching what we do. There are so many ways to help and small things make other people’s day so much better. Thank you for inspiring us and posting positivity!!
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  2. Peggy Nolan
    Peggy Nolan says:

    Hi Tandy,

    I’d like to share one that brings tears to my eyes. This happened very near where I live. A single mom who is a waitress at a local Ruby Tuesday paid the tab for two New Hampshire Army National Guard members who had been furloughed in the gov’t shutdown. My husband is also in the NHANG, which is why this hits home. What happened went viral and that waitress ended up on The Ellen Show. Here’s the clip (make sure you have tissue!)
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    • TandyMain
      TandyMain says:

      Peggy, thanks so much for sharing this clip. Wow. What an inspiring story and great deed from this young single mom. This is a perfect example of community and paying it forward.

      I come from a long line of military in my family. In fact, every man in my family going back to my Gt Gt Grandfathers on both sides of my family served our country. I am wildly passionate that military men and women should be paid a LOT more than they are and certainly more than athletes and entertainers. Everyone and everything comes together for the good of our country and, we certainly need good and talented athletes and such. However, there is no price for those putting their lives on the line every single day. I applaud YOU, Peggy, as well. Families of military sacrifice so much too and this is often overlooked. I thank you both for your service:-)


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