OCTOBER 30, 2020 – Many SKIL customers ask how they can pay us back for helping them. That’s a thoughtful, generous question that speaks of gratitude and giving hearts, and it is one of many reasons we love our customers.
I am reminded of a great concept, publicized in a movie called “Pay It Forward,” adapted from a novel by the same name. A young man devised a plan for people to say a tangible thank-you for good deeds done unto them by “paying it forward” to others.
We have been in a state of much uncertainty during this year of COVID-19. We are now in the last quarter of the year and still have little assurance that things will return to normal anytime soon. Many of us struggle with the phraseology and philosophies of the “new normal” and wonder what our futures will hold.
It is up to every one of us to make the most of each day. As the holidays approach, let us remember that we honor and celebrate the reasons for the holiday season, and that it is a season of giving. No virus is going to change that. We should start thinking now of ways to do good deeds and challenge others to do the same.
Do something kind for someone and then challenge him or her to pay it forward. It could be something small, like listening to others when they need to talk or checking on a neighbor, or something large, like giving someone a ride to the store or making a care package for someone having a hard time.
If we start practicing the wonderful concept of paying it forward, we will stop thinking so much of how bad things have been and start feeling better. This will strengthen our communities, reminding all that people with disabilities are intricately woven into the fiber of our nation and world.
Will you do a good deed for someone today, and encourage him or her to pay it forward?