Join the Club – Pay it Forward

“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

– Acts 20:35

I have been suffering from selfish issues lately. Watching what other people have and wondering, why not me? Why am I not traveling more? Why don’t I have a bigger  clothing budget? And when, when, WHEN will I get that big back yard?

Basically, I’ve been paying far more attention to what I don’t have than to what I do.

I’m actually embarrassed to admit this to you, who probably never suffers from this condition. But there it is.

Here’s the thing, though. I want to do something about it. So I’ve devised a proactive way to take my mind off of myself and put it onto someone – or something – else. I’m calling it the Pay it Forward Club, and I’d love it if you’d join me.

Every weekend, I’m going to throw out a mission. Something fun, rewarding and giving to do before Monday morning. Monday, I’ll share my experience and I’d love to read your story, in the comments section.

Are you in?

Here’s this week’s mission: We’re going to go, by ourselves or with a friend, for coffee. Pick your favourite coffee shop. Or the one nearest your home.

We’re going to treat ourselves to our favourite beverage there, and then pre-pay one for someone behind us (a stranger, not the friend who came along – although you’re welcome to treat them, too).

If you’re the anonymous type, you can do this by going through the drive-thru. Or, if you don’t mind being seen, do it right in the shop. I haven’t decided which method I’ll employ, but I’ll be sure to tell you Monday!

I know this idea is hardly original anymore, but I keep reminding myself that the person on the receiving end is not going to mind.

It’s a small gesture, but one I suspect will boost the day of the one giving as much as the one receiving.

Have fun!

– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier

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  1. Me too!! I do this on a regular basis – especially if someone has been kind and let me in the lineup or sometimes I see them in my rearview mirror fumbling to find change in their car or just because I can. I always get a good feeling after and hopefully I have put a smile on someones face.

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