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    Ok, this might sound weird, but I read someone who wrote the following " Pay it Forward"... can anyone explain what that means , to someone who has no idea? haha..

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    You give something to somebody before you need something.

    Clear as mud?

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    Rather than pay someone back for what they have done for you. You do something kind, helpful, thoughtful to someone in need or a stranger etc. Like someone helping me with a flat tire. I tried to pay him. He said to do something nice for someone in the future.

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    It means to do something good for someone. And hopefully, they'll do something good for someone else. It becomes a wonderful social statement about all of us caring for our fellow humans.

    Hey, you never know..this stuff might stop wars that have been going on for centuries. Sure worth a try. Why be thoughtless when you can be good?

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    There's a lot of paying it forward on this board!!!

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    I get it now ! Guess I have been paying it forward for along time now, since I love giving more than I do recieving. Seriously, I have had to learn to recieve something without feeling obligated to return something in exchange.. Been a hard thing to accomplish, but I am doing that.. But , my drothers would be to Give, give, give because I love knowing someone might be blessed in recieving a surprise, too! thanks to those who made it understandable!

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    Random acts of kindness.

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    And remember, it doesn't have to be "stuff" to qualify for Paying it Forward. You can give other things from your heart. Your time, compassion, your thoughtfulness, advice, friendship, kindness, etc. We all have a lot to share. And it doesn't cost you a cent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    Rather than pay someone back for what they have done for you. You do something kind, helpful, thoughtful to someone in need or a stranger etc. Like someone helping me with a flat tire. I tried to pay him. He said to do something nice for someone in the future.
    that's what I understand it to mean too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chele
    It means to do something good for someone. And hopefully, they'll do something good for someone else. It becomes a wonderful social statement about all of us caring for our fellow humans.

    Hey, you never know..this stuff might stop wars that have been going on for centuries. Sure worth a try. Why be thoughtless when you can be good?
    I LOVE what you wrote about this. Absolutely perfect!! :thumbup:

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    It is such a wonderful concept, and as someone mentioned, I'm sure it has been going on forever. There was also a beautiful movie made about it in the early 2000's called "Pay it Forward" with Haley Joel Osment, Helen Hunt, and Kevin Spacey. Have a box of tissues, it's well worth your time to see. Thanks for the reminder to Pay it Forward!

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    I haven't seen the movie, nor did I know about it. I think I am going to see if I can find it online ( as we just lost our only video store to its being closed down a few weeks ago ).. I love to give things away, as a blessing in surprise - and guess I have paid it forward for years since I do it alot, lol ... I love to give more than to recieve , but I am learning that when I am in need of something, with no means to purchase , its not a bad thing to ask for help.. I am a bit slower in learning to do that, sigh..
    Anyway, thanks for your info on the movie.. I have plenty of boxes of tissue , thanks to just joining this awesome site last week.

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    It means you do something nice for someone without expecting or asking anything in return other than they pay it forward. Biblically speaking, you should do it anonymously so that your blessing is not taken from you and the other person is blessed also. It really does work and is so rewarding.

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    Nice, wvdek! That says it all. But if for some reason you can't stay anonymous, don't let that deter you. Just be kind and giving to others always. Like your mama taught you.

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    Love the biblical explanation, too! thank you for sharing that part of paying it forward!

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    My mom always said if you did something good for someone and expected nothing in return you got roses on your soul. She taught me about pay it forward before it was called that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbiederman
    It is such a wonderful concept, and as someone mentioned, I'm sure it has been going on forever. There was also a beautiful movie made about it in the early 2000's called "Pay it Forward" with Haley Joel Osment, Helen Hunt, and Kevin Spacey. Have a box of tissues, it's well worth your time to see. Thanks for the reminder to Pay it Forward!
    Yes, have a box of tissue ready....awesome movie. This is where I learned "more" about Pay it Foward. Need to watch it again myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    My mom always said if you did something good for someone and expected nothing in return you got roses on your soul. She taught me about pay it forward before it was called that.

    Wow, what a wonderful woman she is to teach this :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvdek
    It means you do something nice for someone without expecting or asking anything in return other than they pay it forward. Biblically speaking, you should do it anonymously so that your blessing is not taken from you and the other person is blessed also. It really does work and is so rewarding.
    a mitzvah

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    It's doing somthing FOR SOMEONE else BEFORE you need something done FOR YOU. Random act of kindness thing.

    My parents taught me about it too, long before the movie came out. Anyone remember the Good Samaritan?

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    I just love pay it forward, it's concept is so rewarding and enjoyable.

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    We had a thread here a while back where the "paying it forward" concept came into question because it does establish a temporary imbalance in our personal accounts. I have no trouble with the concept because receiving is fun and giving can be even funner (love that word).

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    There are Liberty Mutual commercials that are based on the pay it forward concept that shows a person do something nice for a stranger. Someone else sees it and does something nice for another stranger, etc.

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    There is a wonderful movie called "Pay it Forward" about a student with an assignment "to make a difference in the world". He decided to do something for three people and those three people pay it forward to three more people, etc. Great movie, sad ending but really good.

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    I too am a giver. When I lost my finger 5 years ago everyone I worked with gave me things. I had a really hard time receiving. I went to a doctor for the PTS(post tramatic stress). He asked me how I felt when I give. I told him it's the best feeling in the world. He suggested I let someone give so they can have the same feeling. Easy to relate now. By giving someone else the opportunity to give is a great feeling. So if any one would like to send me something my address is-Just Kidding! :)

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