I won a lil contest over at Holly's blog at allthedaysofmylife . It's called Pay it Foward....I am told that the rules say you run a lil contest and pay a nicetie forward...(Holly gave me an awsome prize!! a $25 GC to TGI Friday's)....so here we go:
Pay It Forward (2000) was a movie way back a few years ago...I liked it. It shows how no matter how small your action, it affects someone else. Even if you don't see it. I am a big believer in the ripples in the pond called Life (I KNOW that sounds sappy but work with me here....)
Many times in my life, I have been shown kindnesses. From people I knew and from those I didn't. One Christmas, I didn't have anything. I mean nothing....Jonathan and I were on our own. We had each other and little else. Times were tight as a single Mom. And then Christmas rolled around.
It was a few days before Christmas and there was a knock at my door. I opened the door and was greeted by people from the church that I'd attended, arms filled with groceries, a turkey (which at the time I had NO IDEA how to cook), a ham, cases of canned goods and TOYS galore for Jonathan. I was so humbled with this kindness that I had not asked for. They just saw a need and filled it. That Christmas, I made a promise to give of myself every Christmas to follow. Because somewhere, there was someone who was in need. And true to my word, I give. Willingly and with a grateful heart. And not just at Christmas. I try to give year-round. Homelessness and hunger know no season. I give lots of groceries to a Women's Shelter. I believe in giving....
So....for My blog-version Pay it Forward, I would like to challenge you to extend a kindness. Maybe drop off a bag of canned goods to a Shelter, toys to a Group Home, Babysit a friend's child so they can have a break, something small. Most churches work closely with organizations that reach into the community and help others, so if you don't know where to go, ask your church. if you don't have a church home, ask me and I'll help you find someplace!
So leave me a comment about a kindness or good deed that changed your life, your opinion. It can be something you did or something that was done to/for you....Share a story with me in the comment section.
Your prize? It's rather small (but I am on a tight budget and prizes for my blog is sadly not a high priority.....) It's a $10.00 iTunes gift card, plus something extra that I am not telling you about-nothing fancy, just something small that I made-. I'll keep the contest open for a week or so, but don't delay. Tell a friend. Heck, tell the world. The more, the merrier. Just think of the potential for kindness that we can inspire!! If you win, you should pay it forward, as well.