Create Connections by Paying It Forward
At the start of this year a Facebook chain letter was making the rounds and I joined in.
To continue this year off in a loving way I’m participating in this Pay-It-Forward initiative: The first five people who comment on this status with “I’m in”, will receive a surprise from me at some point in this calendar year – anything from a book, a ticket, a visit, something home-grown or made, a postcard, absolutely any surprise! There will be no warning and it will happen when the mood comes over me and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy. …These five people must make the same offer in their FB status and distribute their own joy. Simply copy this text onto your profile, so we can form a web of connection and kindness. Let’s do more nice and loving things for each other in 2014, without any reason other than to make each other smile and to show that we think of each other. Here’s to a more enjoyable, more friendly and love filled year.
I participated because I’m massively driven by connections.
I love making new friends, keeping the old and spreading joy. And when I’m bringing laughter to the people around me that’s when I think I’m at my best!
But three months have passed, and I hadn’t sent anything out. So I’ve started paying it forward to spread a little bit of joy and create amazing connections with people.
Was a night out at The Boy With Tape on His Face at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Two tickets, for my friend and his wife (also my friend). I saw this dude at the Adelaide Fringe a few years ago and laughed a lot, it’s a funny show.
And friend 1 said the present couldn’t have come at a better time. So look what happened! I paid it forward, strengthened a connection AND did it right when they needed it. Win!
Was a ring and a bracelet.
My friend’s a bit of a groover, and always wears cool jewellery. I knew what I wanted to try to find, when another friend posted a picture on Facebook of exactly it! So I threw the little dude into the car (by placing him gently), sped down to Bondi (sticking to the speed limit the whole way, officer) and bought her an ace present.
Then the next time I saw her in person, SHE WAS WEARING THEM! I love when that happens. Side note: She didn’t know she was going to see me that day.
Friend 2 said ‘I’m impressed! I opened it and I thought yep, she knows me’. Double win!
More connection, more joy-in-a-little-box, more happiness for everyone.
I’ve been interested to see how much happiness I’ve derived myself from getting notes back from the giftees. It’s given me a little hop in my step to receive a thank you message and know that I’ve sent a little love bomb out into the world; who knew gifting could be so fun!
So here’s a simple challenge to help you boost a friendship:
Pay it Forward.
Send something nice to someone you love, with a little card to say it’s just because. It can be homemade, a little postcard, something small – this isn’t about the money spent but the connection forged and the thought made.
Let me know how you go with the challenge!
I’ve got 4 more pay it forward gifts to give so those lucky friends should be watching this space.
Did you post that on your timeline this year? Have you actually paid it forward yet? Hop to it!
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