Do you believe in "Paying it Forward"? Has anyone ever done it for you directly" Have you ever done it directly for someone?

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    Jan 29, 2014 9:07 PM GMT
    Pay it forward is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor.

    As a child, I went hungry several nights a week for a few years...due to a broken home-life...I would give part of my meals to my sister and brother and dog....and be quietly hungry....
    I promised myself that if and whenever I was able to help someone hungry, by no fault of their own.....I would buy them a meal or take them to the grocery store and get their groceries....but to help them to not be hungry. Someone...a TOTAL STRANGER.....did this for me in the past...and although I never knew them....I am trying to pay them paying it forward.....

    I have been called foolish, gullible, scheming, generous....and lots of other names.....good and bad, but I do it still.....
    I met a 24 year old man....hungry and cold on Monday afternoon(1/27/2014), begging on a street corner in Columbus.He looked VERY out of place....I bought him a sandwich...and we talked. He had just moved to Columbus from Youngstown, into a "Sober House"...and he had no more money or friends in the area...I took him back to his place....and then to Kroger for a couple hundred $$$ in groceries....
    He is in AA and is restarting his life.... He told me he is gay....and offered me sex as payment...which I said no to.....I asked him to simply stay in touch and pay it forward when he is in a place to do so...
    I do this a couple times a year......I don't know if I am really helping of being taken advantage of....and not really the issue. I FEEL like I am helping someone that is down and out....get a brake and a chance....I hope they pass it on.....
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    Jan 30, 2014 2:18 AM GMT

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    Jan 30, 2014 2:20 AM GMT
    My friend is a co manager at a diner and offered me free lunch. So I tipped my server 80% of the bill.

    Edit: Sorry my example was meant for someone doing something for me and I passed the blessing to someone once

    but maybe a better example would be when I met a homeless guy by my college. He was a bit younger than me. I bought him some food and sat with him and heard his story. I gave him some advice on how to cope with being homeless since i've been there before and went on my way. A few months later I saw him again. HE seemed more upbeat this time and seemed to have a plan and a better outlook on the future. I haven't seen him on the streets again. I hope it was for a good reason.
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    Jan 30, 2014 3:26 AM GMT
    This morning, I walked into a Starbucks and ordered my usual. As I pulled out my debit card from my wallet to pay, the cute, red-haired barista smiled and said that my coffee has been paid for. I wish I could have seen the look on my face when she said that. This was the first time something like this ever happened to me, so I was taken completely by surprise. She said the two gentlemen behind me paid for it.

    So I got my coffee and walked over to the table where the two men were sitting. They looked to be in their 60s. I thanked them, and a brief conversation followed. It was great getting to know a little bit about these incredibly friendly "strangers." They said they wanted to give a little back--plus, it gave them an opportunity to meet new people.

    I just want everyone to know that a small, kind gesture goes a really long way in lifting one's spirits. It was a great start to my day, and it definitely encouraged me to pay it forward.
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    Jan 30, 2014 3:28 AM GMT
    Tried it a few times. Always backfires somehow. Fuck people. icon_confused.gif