If you don’t feel like reading the whole story and just want to see the moral, skip to the third paragraph. I don’t know how many of you have ever seen the movie “Pay It Forward” with Haley Joel Osmet, but it is a very touching movie. But I had kind of forgotten about the movie until this past Friday. I am about to share this story with whoever would like to read it, but I please ask that no one criticize me for the dumb mistake I made which led me to the revelation of trying to keep passing the good deed on….If
So Friday night my friends asked me to join them in Ann Arbor, Michigan, about 30-45 minutes away from my house, to go out to the bars with them. Seeing that I recently turned 21, I took up the opportunity. I had been sipping on some drinks through the day but had a large dinner and water in between so I was fine to drive myself there. After arriving at a house where I only knew 3 of about 10 people, I decided to buy a pint of Jameson. Long story short, I drank it too quickly, got too drunk, and got denied entry to the bar. So I decided to drive myself home. At this point I was black out drunk but managed to find my car and make most of my way home, aside from a spin out on the expressway from going too fast around a curve.
Being so drunk, I don’t remember anything after spinning out until I was suddenly in the back seat of a car, a boy about my age driving, and a girl the same age in the passenger seat. I didn’t know either of them, but all I remember is them both asking where I lived so they could take me home. After pulling into my driveway, the boy asked for my number so he could text me where my car was in the morning and to make sure I was okay. I asked them both what I could do to pay them, offering gas money or anything they wanted, to which all they replied was, “Just pass the good deed on to someone who is in need.” Even a few days later when I asked them both again, the boy through text, and the girl through Facebook after she managed to find and add me, they both would only ask that I pass it on.
I’m sorry if this story has bored you, but I have recently been struggling to find what my purpose is here, and this simple act of kindness from complete strangers, even in our world of greed and “me-ness,” there still stands morality in the human race. I have not been able to stop thinking of ways that I can continuously “pass it on,” not just once. I hope that if there is anyone who is feeling like I did, not sure how to define themselves, remember that we must work together to keep this world a better place. Even if you have not had a good deed passed onto you, start the chain.
Feel free to share your stories of similar morals, or take the lesson from this and practice it. So, I will leave you with this quote:
“You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you”
Ah, I like reading about things like this. I think the best way to continously “pass it on” would be to live your life selflessly. Selfessly by showing general sincerety and genuine kindness.
As Junior Dos Santos says “When you’re a good person, good things happen.”
I find myself telling random people to have a good day when I hold the door open as we happen to be exiting a store or something together. A lot of people today seem to be so uncomfortable in their own skin man. Talking to somebody they don’t know, better yet telling them to have a good day?! Unheard of!
Passing along little acts of kindness is a great way. One day, that person will remember what you did that day and reflect it upon somebody else who may be in need. High five.
Aside from how nice of people they are, please don’t ever drink and drive again. If you mess up once drinking and driving, its a very obvious sign that you should never consider it again.
Please. Don’t do that. I don’t want to be hit by you.
@ojai, I agree completely. I have always been a kind person, but never thought about how little things can change someone’s life. I don’t understand why it is so hard for some people to be friendly.
@pipthecynical, I still don’t know, but from what I vaguely remember, I believe I pulled over and put my hazards on and they were driving by and checked on me. I plan on asking to at least let me take them out to lunch
@ijesuschrist, I understand your concern, but like I asked, please don’t criticize me. I realize how dumb that was and I have never driven drunk before, and would never have planned on it. I have always been against it and yes, I realize how dumb that was of me, but I have learned from it. Thank you though for your concern