Week 45 | Pay it Forward


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This week, the 45th week of the project, I’m going to challenge you to pay it forward, which is exactly what I’m doing.

Shawn @ AA/P52


It almost seems to ruin the joy, to share the ways in which I paid it forward.  I’m going to keep this one to myself.  But I can tell you that I did 3 specific acts this week involving  clay, a text message and a package that I have needed to mail but finally have the contents ready.  

Last week Maycee wrote a card for a classmate who had been sick; “I just feel so bad for him, Mom” was the statement that sparked the idea.  Her teacher, being the aware and conscious woman that she is, praised Maycee for it.  And the smile that my daughter had when she told me the story made me realize just how much it filled her bucket to fill another’s.  

There are big conscious moments where we can pay it forward and then there are the little ones, little acts of kindness, of human connection where the shimmer in their eyes lets you know that for that moment, even if only for that moment, you shared a mutual joy.  

I believe in the small ones just as much as the big ones.  


This is my simple religion.  There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy.  Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

- DALAI LAMA 


photo from Buddha Doodles


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