Do you remember that movie with a fresh-faced Haley Joel Osment?
The idea of sharing your good fortune, wealth, or knowledge with someone else on the promise that they will, in turn end up 'paying it forward' to someone else has the power to change the world - especially if money is the medium.
In the second instalment of Money Talks, we're going to look at some of the kindest acts of paying it forward and look at what - if executed on a grand scale - what they could do for the world. Without further ado, here are some of the planet's finest stories of paying it forward...
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A lady got in touch with a hospital to see if there were any needy families that could take advantage of a few flights that she wouldn’t be able to use. As a result, one family was able to travel to the other side of Australia to be with their very sick family member in hospital - something that the day before seemed completely impossible.
A young boy noticed a car was just about to receive a parking ticket. He asked his mum if he could top up the parking meter to stop the person getting booked, and having their day ruined. It saved someone a $79 fine.
A handicapped woman went for a 10-minute neck and shoulder massage and left money, as well as a PIFD card so the next person could enjoy their massage for free.
A total stranger paid $10,000 so that one lady could have a liver operation that she otherwise would never have been able to afford. She still doesn't know who it was who ‘paid it forward’ that day, but she is forever grateful as the person essentially saved her life.
After finding a $20 bill in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel, 8-year-old Myles Eckert did something rare and amazing for a boy his age - he handed it to another customer he spotted - a soldier, Frank Dailey. Attached was this note: Dear Soldier - my dad was a soldier. He's in heaven now. I found this 20 dollars in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It's your lucky day! Thank you for your service. Beautiful.
And here is a lovely sentiment on the act of paying it forward from Bree, a young Australian lady (sourced from a kindness website):
It's my wildest dream that the concept of paying a favour forward instead of paying it back would take over the world and result in a cascading flood of people helping their fellow man, or woman. This notion may never come true, but I believe that if just one of the people I help does the same for another person, it has made a difference to the world. I do not have a lot of money, I am not extremely gifted or intelligent, I don’t now how to make things better for everyone, but, if I can help anyone in a small way, whether that be opening a door for a lady who has her hands full with shopping, directing a lost tourist, informing an elderly man as to when the next bus will arrive or even just saying “thank you” and smiling at a sales assistant who appears to have had a bad day, I know that my small efforts somehow, somewhere make a difference, and that’s enough for me. Don’t pay it back – pay it forward.
These uplifting tales of human kindness offer hope and inspiration in a world that sometimes feels overwhelming. Regarding money, if we all focused our efforts on paying it forward when we achieve our financial dreams or benefit from a lucky break, more and more people would be happy, healthy, and stable. In short, the world would be an infinitely better place.