We, as adults need to teach our children the significance in giving:
It doesn’t matter how old or how young we are. Paying it forward is very important because what goes around does come around sooner or later.
Wow ! Look at you! So you made it big! Right on up to the top of the ladder - getting that job you wanted. Congratulations! Big town now! Bought that house you had your eye on for a long time - Now it’s yours!
Drive your choice of car, lots of top of the line clothes, bonuses, savings, vacationing, and last but not least, you now strut when you walk because you’re the big boss to all those you left behind that work in the warehouse where you got your start years ago.
They say you’ve changed, that you’re not the same person you were back then. You come by the warehouse giving orders left and right, but never giving compassion, a kind word, never kind guidance; just orders with your nose in the air - treating everyone under you like they are super dumb. One of the little old ladies there at the warehouse helped train you so you could get that promotion. You walk past her every time, never acknowledging she’s even there. Well, you might want to stop and look around - because what goes around always comes around. You need to be paying forward some of your blessings. You even have your assistant bring you coffee without even a thank you. Do something good for her - Like - maybe a raise. You can afford it!
Don’t you see the picture here. You have lost what matters most in this world which is (being a caring person).
Twenty or thirty years from now you could find yourself coming down the ladder while your past friends have stepped up. Yes, you could find yourself working as a little old clerk for minimum wage again. So be nice to the little guy; for you never know when he or she might be YOUR boss.
If this story dug into you - hitting the wrong spot - maybe you are the one who needed to read this. If you are a boss - please be nice to those that are under your hand. You know - they are humans too, they put their shoes on one at a time just like you do. They matter too.
Here’s what you could do to prove to yourself that you are nice and a good person. Pay it forward! Let a friend in need drive your car, buy some groceries for someone who isn‘t as financially well off as you, purchase tickets to the game you wanted to see and give them to someone who can’t afford them. And that money you had planned to spend for your monthly pedicure, manicure and hair appointment, well - give that away too. Most of all “Go see your Mother”. You haven’t had a full conversation with her since you got promoted.
Pay it forward - and remember “What goes around comes around.”