Paying It Forward

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Shelby Richey
November 2, 2016

“Even the smallest act of caring has the potential to turn a life around.” When I was younger, I was always taught to open the door for others and to be polite to everyone I met. I never realized how different I was raised from others until I was in my teenage years. I realize that high school is just a place where everyone tries to fend for themselves no matter what the cost until they can graduate and go on with their lives. It wasn’t until I started working at Denny’s that I was able to “pay it forward” without being criticized. When I work, I’ll hold the door open for people, give little kids quarters out of my wallet to play the claw machine and after pay day, I’ll pay for someone’s meal. I do this because of one simple philosophy: Once you do something nice for someone, it can inspire them to do something for someone else. It starts a chain reaction. That is why it is called “paying it forward”. It has nothing to do with money, it more has to do with kindness, and a spark of inspiration. After reading this today, I challenge you to go out and do something nice for someone such as complimenting them, opening the door for them, or even just smiling towards them. Let’s all pay it forward.

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