The Power Of Paying It Forward!

Paying it forward! It is something I’ve seen online and read about. I’ve seen people share stories on Facebook saying the person in front of them at Starbucks payed for their coffee for example. I never really gave it much thought, besides that it was a very nice gesture and I loved seeing positive things in my news feed. But today, my outlook on PIF has totally changed! Settle in for story time…..

Last week, I was shopping online on one of my favorite Facebook buy/sell pages. This page is a U.S wide Mom’s closet clean out. Mommas from all over sell their clothes they no longer want. I buy a big majority of my clothes off this site, and sell on there quite a bit also. I love the concept of buying my clothes at a reasonable price, and not having to leave my house to go out and shop. Anyway, I was scrolling through all the listing when this gorgeous leopard print blazer caught my eye. I love leopard print, like really love it!!! I commented on the post asking a few questions, but I didn’t have the funds at that time to buy it. So, I did what I always do when I really want something, I hurried and tried to sell one of my listings so I would have the funds. I got the funds, and went back to this post the next day and told her I had the money now and wanted to buy it. She then explained that it had sold to someone else. I was super bummed! I really wanted it, and was kicking myself for just not jumping on it right away. But, I have made a commitment with my husband to not buy anything unless I have the money. Life goes on….It wasn’t the end of the world by any means, but I was kinda bummed. I didn’t think much more about it after that. Fast forward to today…..I went down to my post office to grab my daily mail. I had a few packages waiting for me. I got home and let my son start opening the packages. This is one of his favorite things to do with me! It’s a fun little game for us. We got to the last package. My son started to open it and this note fell out……

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I instantly started crying! It was the leopard blazer I so had wanted the week before. I was so confused! I immediately messaged the woman who was selling the blazer, and asked what was going on. She explained that someone had messaged her and said they wanted to buy the blazer for me. What?! For me? Why would anyone do that? I asked who it was, but she said they wanted to stay anonymous. I started crying again (there was a lot of crying today hehe) 😉 I was so incredibly touched! Why would someone do that for me? Someone I might not even know personally. There are thousands of women in this group and I know only a handful personally. Wow! I didn’t have any words besides wow! Here is my point ladies. This gesture of kindness made me feel so loved and blessed! We have no idea what people are going through in their personal lives, and so many times we are  caught up in life that we forget to be kind to others and to PIF. This really opened my eyes to how selfish I can be. I honestly don’t think I would have ever thought to do that for someone. Especially someone I might not even know! I think God has used this situation to really open my eyes about giving and generosity. Being on the receiving end has left me with a new perspective on kindness. I want to be known and remembered for being kind, generous and thoughtful! I want to be on the giving end of my next story, and I can’t wait to PIF to someone else. I pray God uses this story to touch others and maybe encourage you to do the same! With all the hate and awful things going around in the world right now, this was a huge breath of fresh air! We need to be the difference in the world. We are to make the most of every opportunity, and I pray we don’t let them pass us by. I hope you all will join in, let’s spread God’s love to all those around us! A tiny gesture could totally change someone’s day, week, year, maybe even their life! Let’s not take these opportunities for granted.

20161205_171416Here is the beloved blazer! Every time I wear this blazer I will forever think of the sweet soul who blessed me with it! I’m forever grateful to you, whoever you may be! 🙂

 

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