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Paying It Forward
by Annette McCleave on December 14th, 2010

Although kindness and generosity are values we can see evidence of any time of year, the Christmas season seems to nurture them.

I see people tucking twenty dollar bills into the Salvation Army kettles, adding brand new toys to Toy Mountain, and giving generously to the Food Bank…even when their own fortunes aren’t stellar. Recently, a friend of mine and her husband gave up their Christmas gifts to each other to help out a single mom down on her luck.

This time of year is inspiring.

I got my own little shot of inspiration just last week. I wasn’t feeling well, and to bolster my sagging spirits, I pulled into a Starbucks drive-through.

I ordered a gingerbread latte and a slice of gingerbread to sweeten my mood. Maybe the corners of my mouth were dragging, or maybe it was simply spontaneous, but when I got to the cash window, the barista told me the woman in the car ahead of me had paid for my order. No, she didn’t know me—it was a random act of kindness.

And it totally made my day.

It also made me want to do the same for someone else. I’ve given to the usual drives, but I’m looking for the perfect opportunity to return the latte favor.

It probably won’t surprise you to know the inspiring song that’s currently playing in my head is Clay Walker’s Chain of Love. I tried to find a legit video of it somewhere on the ‘net, but couldn’t track one down. So, here’s a link to the lyrics.

Have you had a pay-it-forward moment that you’re especially proud of? Has someone done something unexpected for you that made your day?