Hearing a lot of this lately – paying it forward. It’s an act of kindness wherein the beneficiary of a good deed to repay it to others instead of to the original benefactor. The phrase may have been coined by Lily Hardy Hammond in her 1916 book In the Garden of Delight. It happened to me last week when a man left his liqueur store gift card along with whatever was on it for the next customer in line, me! There wasn’t much on it but it was a nice jester.
Now the folks in Winnipeg have given the pay it forward concept a whole new dimension. Paying it forward at a coffee shop there lasted to three hours. That’s a chain of goodwill that ended up extending to 228 lucky java drinkers. Very cool Winnipeg!
Troy Thompson, who manages the restaurant, told the news source that the energy among the staff and customers was infectious.
“They were calling out the numbers, ‘We’re at 162,’ and they made a really big deal of it,” he said. “I think that’s what helped keep it going because nobody wanted to be the one who broke that streak.”
Eventually, the streak of holiday cheer did end when a man opted to not to pay for the three coffees ordered by the person behind him, despite the fact that his own coffees had been paid for.
During the summer me and Krista were sitting in a park downtown when a man asked a group of street people if they wanted a hotdog. He then walked a group of them over to a stand and paid for the lot.
I need to do more things like that. We give to charities but this is different.