I get a good night’s sleep, I eat a hardy breakfast, I show up – on time – and then I pass the buck to you.
Considering the importance of the PAY IT FORWARD mindset, I am incapable of not practicing what I suggest to my students. So, here are a few times that I have taken a step for the movement.
- Driving home at 12:30 at night a car blew by me far too fast and certainly too close. I even said to my friend that the person would probably kill themselves. Within moments of this statement, the car hit the median and flipped over, coming to rest right side up again on the slow lane of the highway. We immediately pulled over and checked if the driver was okay as we called the police. There were plenty of cars that passed by, but only two stopped (ours and one other). We got the keys out of the ignition and waited for help to arrive. Once it did, the girl was taken away unconscious in the ambulance. It was an amazing feeling to help someone in their hour of need even if they'd never know it. A few days later, the girl's father (who was a policeman). Called to let me know that she was okay and that because of our assistance she made it to the hospital quickly and without incident.
- In Hoboken, NJ around 3 AM I passed a girl sitting on the steps of a restaurant crying her eyes out. I observed as people walked by her and ignored her struggles. So I sat with her. To this day I don't know her name and never asked what her problems were, but she needed someone and I was able to be there for her without expectation or information. I sat with her for about an hour until she felt composed enough to drive home. I hope that she has passed on the generosity in her own way.