Paying it Forward #7

Welcome to week 7 of paying it forward.  I’m still coming up with new ideas 🙂

pay it forward, random acts of kindness, gifts

pay it forward

This week my ‘paying it forward’ acts have come in all shapes and sizes 🙂

I saw this book in a local shop.  It’s a book of friendship with one message for each day.  Yesterday’s WIAW post included a poem which came from this book. Ok, so we’re part way through March, and I wondered if it was worth it – but yes, there are still 41 weeks or so of the year.  I thought it would be the perfect gift for my friend who signed up to my Facebook Paying It Forward post which got this whole thing started.

She lives a long way away so I’d been racking my brains for what I could send her.  I did consider flowers, but I’ve sent flowers as a birthday or get well gift.  I hope this book and the letter I wrote to accompany it brings joy 🙂

While I was at it, I bought one for my Nanny, which I passed on this week.  she gave me one of these books a few years ago, so I knew she would like it – and she was pleased to get it 🙂

At the other end of the paying it forward spectrum, I met a friend for coffee last week.  We hadn’t met up for what felt like a long while and it was great for a catch up.  My friend paid for the coffee 🙂  A few days later another friend was feeling down in the dumps so on the spur of the moment I messaged her, and arranged to meet for coffee – this time I paid.  I think that is the textbook definition of paying it forward! 🙂

Finally, I was having a sort out of my magazines.  I would usually give old fitness magazines to the gym – but I split them in half and gave some to a friend at the gym, and passed the rest to my colleague to give to his finacee.  I got that lovely handmade note to say thank you – it goes to show that small gestures can mean a lot to a person!

I haven’t included it in the collage picture because I only just thought about it.  I arranged to meet my Mum for a walk on Saturday.  When she turned up I decided that we would go to the local Dartmoor Zoo for the afternoon.  I wouldn’t have suggested it if I hadn’t seen their late opening hours on Facebook.  So I treated Mum to an afternoon there.  It was lovely, and totally spur of the moment.

dartmoor zoo, lioness

Dartmoor Zoo

What have you done to pay it forward this week?

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