Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pay it Forward

{{I got to thinking today that it would be lovely to do something nice for somebody else. just because. }}

I was driving down the road and I heard on the radio that at a restaurant in NYC, an unknown couple frequents this particular Italian bistro randomly and will pick a fellow table without a rhyme or reason and pay their bill. The fellow diners have no idea that this is going to happen and the unknown couple that pays the tab does so quietly. They eat their meal, enjoy their time together at the bistro, pay their bill and the other couple's tab and then go on their merry way. 

The other day I was on the train. I had never been on the train to Philly before so of course I made a major arse of myself and it was so embarrassing. I purchased a roundtrip ticket from the ticket booth and as I am sitting on the train, a man comes and checks everyone's tickets. Okay-fair enough-no problem. wrong. Evidently I had purchased a regular roundtrip fare and it was during peak hours so I owed another .75cents. I only had .50cents in my wallet because I never carry cash. You see I go through cash like water and it is just a dangerous state of affairs for me to carry the green stuff. It was so embaressing. I offered him my debit card to which I thought he was going to throw me off the train by my ear lobes. I explained that I had never rode the Septa train before and he didn't believe me. Thankfully train man let me go after a loud lecture which was so humiliating in front of a packed train car of people. Seriously, I would have given my neighbor $10 as soon as I got off the train and got to an ATM had he bailed me out for .25cents in this situation. 
Doing something nice for others does not have to cost you anything. It could even be free. When was the last time you held the door open for somebody else? Or paid attention to somebody that may need help and instead of walking by them, you stopped to help that person? It makes such a difference to be kind. 

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6 thoughts:

Alli (One Pearl Button) said...

Aw, I'm sorry about the train - I hate when stuff like that happens! I can't believe that no one offered you a quarter. I would have, if I had been there!

Valerie said...

What an awful situation about the train. I could totally see that happening to me. I'm sorry! Such a great post about doing things for others. I try to be aware of these things, but I know I get busy and forget at times. Thanks for the reminder!


Josie said...

I'm so sorry about your train situation! If it makes you feel any better, that would DEFINITELY happen to me but if it happened to a neighbor, I would help them for sure... This post was absolutely lovely and so inspiring.
xxoo Josie

Le Sigh of a Fashionista said...

Oh no, what an awful situation. I would have totally given you .25 cents!! But your message is very true.

Kim said...

aw, i loved this. :)

this is silly, but i always open doors for old ladies and it gives me the biggest heart smile! i love old people!!!!

Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] said...

What a great reminder!

Once when I was driving, I pulled up to a toll booth and the teller said that the car in front of me had paid my fee. . . never saw that person and I have no idea who it was, but it made me really happy all day [and even now remembering it! :]

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