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Be A Better Me (You) Challenge- Day 20 ~Be nice to someone; Pay it forward

by Deborah Cruz

Today’s Be A Better Me (You ) Challenge- Day 20 ~ Be nice to someone; Pay it forward is something that probably goes against nature for most of us. I know we’ve all heard it a million times from our parents, and most of us spend a lot of time repeating it to our children; you know the golden rule; Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I don’t know about you but I have a hard enough time trying to survive my own Mommyhood. To say that I actively try to be nice to others is well, quite frankly, more effort than I can give on most days. It sounds awful. I know. I like to think I am a good person and but I don’t go out of my way to do unto others. Usually, I just put my head down, hold my breath and hope no one notices that I am in the room.I do volunteer for things and I like to think I am being my best version of myself but I am not going that extra mile. I do nice things for family and close friends but nothing compared to what I could or more importantly “should” be doing. I have a couple girlfriends who will go out of their way to put a smile on others faces. Multiple times I have been sick, or the kids have been sick, or sad, and these two women will bring food, activities to engage the children and get their mind off of being sick, random things just to let us know that they care, etc. They truly do let their actions speak louder than their words. I want to be them when I grow up. So, I have decided rather than be envious of their virtue and generosity , I need to do as they do. I am going to pay it forward. I am going to start living the golden rule. They have reinstilled my faith in humanity and I think I would be a much better and happier person if I could do as others have done unto me. Misery enjoys company but I think happiness is contagious. Here’s hoping I can be contagious. Let’s start a movement…Random act of kindness your ass off. I want to be the example that I want to see in the world.

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Robin 2010/09/21 - 1:27 pm

So many people have more on their plate than they can handle. You are not alone here. Do not beat yourself up too badly. Right now, I have big dreams, because I see this HUGE NEED, but I am incapable of fulfilling it. However, when I get better… well, I hope the world is ready!


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