Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The other day I was at the greengrocer's getting fruits and vegetables when I overheard an elderly lady saying that she was short 60 pence on her purchase and that she would need to put back an item. Just at that moment, a young man in the store dropped a 1£ coin on the countertop and said he didn't want her to go without her greens. The woman thanked the young man profusely and asked what she could do in return. He told her to look for an opportunity to help three other people when she sees a need.
I knew what this Good Samaritan was talking about -- a practice called Pay It Forward, The nicest thing about the idea of paying it forward is that we can practice it on our own. We don't have to be wealthy philanthropists to help others. Sometimes the things that can make a difference in others' lives are as simple as a smile or the offer to extend a helping hand. And these little ordinary acts of kindness paid forward in ever growing numbers can have a real impact on the world.
If you are ready to try paying it forward, you can begin by becoming aware of your surroundings and opening yourself up to situations that you could have a positive effect on. The person who becomes the recipient of your good deed could be someone you know or even a stranger. When someone asks you how they can repay your act of kindness, encourage them to extend kindness to three other people and then tell those people to do a good deed for three more people, and so on. And whenever you feel that someone has done something nice for you, remember to pay it forward as well.
Narayanan, paying it forward can be a very uplifting experience. Just remember that when you pay it forward, be sure to take care of yourself, as well. Giving of oneself is an important and wonderful thing, but we should remember that the better off we are, the more we are able to do for others. Now I hope you will spend some time with your Health, Wealth and Happiness report. May it help you to improve your situation so that you can pay it forward. - Bethea
Husband: I invented a computer that is somewhat human.
Wife: You mean, it can think?
Husband: No, but when it makes a mistake, it can blame another computer.
A man was praying to God. He said: “God?”
God responded, “Yes?”
And the man said, “May I ask a question?”
“Go right ahead, “ God said.
“God, What is a million years to you?”
God said, “A million years to me is only a second.”
“Hmm.” The man wondered. Then he asked, “God, what is a million dollars worth to you?”
God said, “A million dollars to me is as a penny.”
So the man said, “God, can I have a penny?”
And God said, “Sure! Just a second.”
“What’s wrong, doctor? You look puzzled.”
“I can’t figure out exactly what’s wrong with you. I think it’s the result of heavy drinking.’
“Well then, I’ll just come back when you’re sober.”
The parties must treat each other with respect
There needs to be an acceptance and appreciation of each other's differences
Each person should know how to resolve issues without fighting or arguing
The relationships should provide an emotional connection
We should work together in a way that is fair for all parties involved
We should support and encourage one another
There needs to be openness and honesty with thoughts and feelings
We need to be able to laugh and have fun together
Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself – St. Francis De Sales
A good society is produced only by good individuals – Bertrand Russell
He who gains a victory over other men is strong, but he who gains a victory over himself is all-powerful – Lao Tse
Learn to be silent, let your quite mind listen and absorb - Pythagoras
Meet you next month – JUNE 2008
Prof. A. Narayanan, Ph. D, FISPP
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