Halloween is a time to have fun, a time to be scared and a time to wear costumes and masks. I have felt that way for many years, however, this year it was different.
As I sat watching the sun wash over the pine trees this morning, I felt very grateful. Yesterday my daughter posted a photo of her with her father, a man who is traveling the road of cancer, hulling walnuts. It was Halloween, and she was spending time with him.
That photo kept coming back to my present thoughts, wrapping its love around me. Fond memories returned of my family – especially my children. I reflected upon what giving people they are and how they have grown into such generous souls. It made my heart fill with love and gratitude.
One holiday season, a mudslide swooped through part of our town, destroying many of our friend’s homes. It was nearly Christmas, and our tree was decorated with presents laid around its trunk.
“Mom, we need to talk,” stated my son. “We want to give our Christmas presents to the kids who lost their homes.” As tears ran down my cheeks, we packed up the car and began delivering presents.
I flashed back to another fond memory of a past Halloween. My kids and I spent days making gingerbread houses decorated for Halloween together. Instead of kids receiving candy after ringing our doorbell and cheering ‘Trick or treat!’, we handed them our delicious homemade gingerbread houses.
I have watched my children pay it forward since they were very young. Now as adults they are teaching my grandchildren and great grandchildren to do the same.
Here are a few examples of how they pay it forward:
- Paying for the car in line behind them at the Starbucks drive thru
- Doing helpful jobs for others without getting paid or expecting compensation, but not losing their love for others
- Stopping for those in need of help on the side of the road
- Tipping 40-50% at restaurants
- Feeding families at holidays or when they know an extra meal is needed
- Sponsoring a little girl who has a beautiful voice, but can no longer afford voice lessons
- Cleaning up suicides without charging the families
- Fixing others’ cars when they cannot afford to take them to a shop
- Helping the elderly carry their groceries, open doors and cross the street
- Giving money to a young family who needs gas money to get to work
- Taking clothes to needy families
- Giving a new restaurant owner money to pay his rent
- Helping families with young children in the hospital
- Picking up a stranger in the desert and driving miles out of their way to take them home
- Taking care of children for a sick mother
- Not only giving away fish they caught to others, but cooking it for them
- Helping their parents whenever needed
- Taking food to the homeless
- Never complaining when a teen or a family member not only took over their bedroom, but the whole house
- Teaching a little girl from another land our language and traditions and giving her the love and safety she needs
When my children hear someone needs help, they are always the first there to lend a hand. For that, I am very proud.
I know many of you have families that pay it forward, or maybe you know someone who always makes your heart swell. Let’s share our stories.
I am opening up a link here and will post any stories you would like to share. Please share my link with others so we can start a whole new wave of “Pay It Forward with Compassion”.
Whisper’s Adventures will offer $100 to our favorite heart-warming “Pay It Forward” post. We are also offering a $100 prize for stories of the person who changed your life in some way. This contest will close at midnight PST on December 20, 2015. The winners will be announced Christmas Day and their stories will be shared at that time. Until then, check back often. We will be sharing submissions periodically as they are reviewed. “Like” your favorites and help us make our choice!
Compassion will become the new word for our New Era. Are YOU on board?