Pay It Forward | Be Life

Grass Within Black Rocks

Black Friday has been living up to its name more and more each year. Many are so enamored by the deals that they forget to be humane.

Each year, there is another horrible story about how someone was trampled, stabbed, or killed over a petty item. Therefore, if we are out taking advantage of the discounts and sales we should try toΒ bring life instead.

During this time of the year, it may be difficult to give extra to others especially if it involves spending more money. For this reason, I wanted to provide a list of ways we can be a pillar of light during Black Friday and the rest of the holiday season without burning a bigger hole in our wallets.

Be a Good Neighbor

  • Offer to wash their car if you are in warm weather or clear their driveway of snow if you are in cold weather.
  • Bake or cook something and take it over to them. You may also include a card introducing yourself or thanking them for being a good neighbor and wish them happy holidays. Not much of a cook? Buy something instead, like half a dozen donuts or a fruit salad for a healthier choice πŸ˜‰
  • Offer to take care of their pets and/or kids while they are away or to allow them time for some holiday shopping.

Be a Good Samaritan

  • Give away any leftovers. Unfortunately, I witnessed family throw away a lot of leftover food yesterday and my mom came to the rescue and packed up the food to take it home instead. However, leftovers can often be way too much food for one family so instead of throwing it out, pack it up and give it to the homeless or a family you know of that could use the extra nourishment.
  • Provide layers to someone in need of warmth. Give away any extra sweaters, coats, or blankets to someone you know that is in need of it or someone you witness trying to stay warm out in the cold.
  • Give up your seat to someone else. If you take public transportation, offer your seat to someone for we all know the ease of tired feet πŸ™‚

Be a Friendly Shopper

  • Help someone carry their bags whether it is to their car or up the stairs to their apartment. Lightening someone’s load can make things a little less stressful for that person.
  • Let someone who has less items than you go before you in the check-out lane.
  • Smile as you shop and ask the cashier how they are doing and wish them a great day. Smiles are contagious and acknowledging someone that is working hard on a day others are off can brighten their day.

There are many things we can do to be a source of love, peace, and joy to others without spending a dime and the latter are just a few ideas.

What are some other ideas that we can pay it forward and bring life to someone else? Let us each try at least one thing to bring a smile to someone else’s face and warm their heart πŸ™‚

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give
– Unknown

Much Love,

Nena

 

 

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52 Comments on Pay It Forward | Be Life

  1. I loved reading this post, Nena πŸ™‚ You are certainly very kind hearted and beautiful soul. Being the change we want to see in the world is not only affecting change in our own lives but also inspiring many along the way. The suggestions you have given here are so easy to follow and add value to our lives on holidays and rest of the year!

    Thanks for being so kind and sharing these πŸ™‚

    More love and light to you <3

    Anand πŸ™‚

    • You’re so right! We all appreciate it when a sincere-hearted person comes into our lives in one way or the other; even if it’s just for a split moment.

  2. We don’t do Thanksgiving is South Africa, but I absolutely love and applaud your message about giving back, and it’s valid all year round. What a great, uplifting, and thoughtful post, Nena!

  3. I have never gotten sucked into black Friday. I rarely by anything that hasn’t been pre owned.c last year, sending gifts to my grandchildren cost c over $100 for 2 boxes – with more than what I paid c for what was in them. Never again, I decided. If rather send $100 to my daughter to help her buy for the kids other things she needs. I don’t have the money to throw away. Christians has gotten so expensive. People get so caught up in thinking they have to go out and shop and buy meaningless things that get tossed aside.

    • Yes, unfortunately, the holidays have been so commercialized. We’ve even had family members that have opted out of spending Christmas Eve with the fam because they were embarrassed by not having gifts for everyone. One year I’d love to put the idea of presents away and just have a great time with those we love:)

  4. Excellent tips…any small acts of kindness helps. Recently the wind blew our neighbors trash over and it was scattered everywhere. She’s recently widowed with 3 kids. I picked the trash up for her and she never knew it happened. But it made me feel good knowing that I was able to do something to help…even something insignificant. Any opportunity that presents itself is always a good time to help someone else.

    • Working behind the scenes is very altruistic and shows a heart full of pure kindness. You are an excellent example of doing the things we do for others because of real compassion and not to gain recognition and praise:)
      Sometimes it is nice to hear we’re appreciated so I will tell you that You are awesome!! ?

  5. Hi, can you tell me how you were able to display your blog loving badge on your wordpress. I have not been able to get it to work for me. Tx πŸ˜‰

  6. Last week I was doing my grocery shopping with my 10wk old on my chest in a baby carrier. By the time I got to the checkout he was fussing and upset. I lovely mum with two young ones of her own helped me unload by trolley at the check out. So simple, but so much appreciated!

    • Very kind of her to do that even with her own hands full:) It’s the warm intention behind the simple things that make a difference:) Thank you so much for sharing, Nicola!

  7. Liking the sentiments Nena. Learned over the years to appreciate what I’ve got – The Festive season has only just started over in Blighty – and the action of my fellow men and women on the news tonight in some scenes made my stomach turn…Havent they heard the shops are open on Boxing Day (St Stephens Day) ? Patience is indeed a virtue.

  8. As usual, I couldn’t have posted this better myself – or tried. I shun the media during this week, trying to avoid all the focus upon shopping, people getting “caught up” in trivial things and losing sight of their original intentions to bless others. This post is an excellent reminder we can sow love, peace and joy just doing the next best thing. Well done!

    • I agree! We not only need to be reminded but be the example of what life should be more about:) Thank you again for your amazing support! When I read your comments, I feel blessed to come across such uplifting souls like yourself! Many blessings to you and yours!

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