Celebrating Pay It Forward Day

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greatday6Have you ever been in line to get coffee and the person in front of you pays for your order? It makes you feel pretty great. It makes you want to pass that feeling on to someone else. The ripple effect of just one small act of kindness can make a positive difference in so many people’s lives!

In honor of small acts of kindness, we’re celebrating Pay It Forward Day!  Today, people all over the world will take the time to do something nice for someone else, and the happiness will continue to spread.

When you think about a random act of kindness you can do today, remember these 3 things:

Anyone can make a difference. When 8-year-old Katelyn Indelicato heard     about a local man who was shot and paralyzed as an innocent bystander in a     drive-by shooting, she wanted to help him any way she could. She emptied her own piggy bank and raised money to pay for a physical therapy session for a complete stranger who was going through a tough time. “Anyone can make a difference,” Katelyn said. “You can be more than what you are right now. You can do more than what you’ve already done.”

If a 3rd grader can make a difference, you can too.

(From Why Not Me? Young People Making a Difference in the World p. 32)

A single small act of goodwill has the potential to make a huge difference. In 1963, Edward Lorenz presented a hypothesis to the New York Academy of Science: A butterfly could flap its wings and set molecules of air in motion, which would move other molecules of air, in turn moving more molecules of air—eventually capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of the planet. He was laughed out of the conference, his hypothesis preposterous. More than thirty years later, the butterfly effect was found to be authentic, accurate, and viable.

Just like the flap of a butterfly’s wings can cause a hurricane, an act of kindness by one person can make the world a more positive place.

(From The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters p. 6)

  Don’t forget to pass it on. It feels so great when someone goes out of their way to do something nice for you, doesn’t it? Pass that feeling on by doing a good deed for someone else because kindness is like a snowball that’s rolling down a hill. Each unselfish act or word is another snowflake that greets the others… creating something much larger than itself in the process.

(From The Power of Kindness p. 33)

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Rosemary Manges

Rosemary Manges, Program Coordinator for Inclusive Services, has over 39 years of educational experience ranging from the public school classroom, administration, preparing pre-service teachers at the college level to development of policy at TEA. She is in her 10th year at Region 10.

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