Pay It Forward

In 2000, Catherine Ryan Hyde’s novel Pay It Forward was published and adapted into a Warner Brothers film, Pay It Forward. In Ryan Hyde’s book and movie it is described as an obligation to do three good deeds for others in response to a good deed that one receives. Such good deeds should accomplish things that the other person cannot accomplish on their own. In this way, the practice of helping one another can spread geometrically through society, at a ratio of three to one, creating a social movement with an impact of making the world a better place.  (From Wikipedia)

Some of my friends have been posting about a Creative Pay It Forward on FaceBook the past few days.

2013 Pay-It-Forward: The first five people to comment on this status will receive from me, sometime within the calendar year, a special surprise that is tailored for each person. There will likely be no warning and it will happen whenever the mood strikes me. The catch? Those five people must make the same offer in their FB status. Go. Create. Do. 🙂

I added the caveat:

Oh, and as far as I am concerned, a Pay It can be pretty much anything “artistic” that you have put together, whether it’s a playlist of music, some pretty pictures in an online album that can be downloaded or put on FB, poetry, a story… creativity comes in so many forms!

Some people that would like to participate may feel left out if they are not a crafty type, so I think this opens it up a little to make everyone feel more at ease about how they might be able to join in, too.  Everyone has something to contribute.

I wondered about the origins of this idea.  Google searching came up with pages of bloggers and FaceBookers doing it, and even YouTubers excited to join the fun, but I couldn’t find anything on the history of the thing.  There were organisational sites about the Pay It Forward movement that had some nice stories and information reaching beyond the activity I’m taking part in. 

The jist of it all is what I said throughout my PGW posts: 1 little thing can make a difference.  And it’s just nice to be nice, anyway.

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