Pay it Forward

I had the opportunity to help teach a class yesterday for kids who were between the ages of 3 and 5. There were two girls in the class that represented different sides of the child behavioral spectrum. 

First, there was Kaylee. Kaylee is 3, and she is incredibly intelligent and outgoing. She talks, she smiles, she asks questions, and she’s wonderfully polite.

Then, there was Myla. Myla used to have to have her parents present in the class because she was too shy to do anything without them. Even though she no longer needs her parents there, Myla still only participates in half of the activities and has a hard time talking to anyone unless she has known them for at least three weeks, and even then, the interaction is limited.

It was inspiring to see the two of them interact. Kaylee, the youngest in the group, picked up on Myla’s discomfort. She made sure to always sit next to Myla, ask Myla questions, and offer to do things with/for Myla. My heart smiled when it was time for the kids to wash their hands, and Kaylee asked me if she and Myla could share the stool and wash their hands together. “I’ll help her,” she said.

When her dad came to pick her up, we made sure to tell him about the nice things that Kaylee did. He said that he was so glad to hear it, because he tells her – every day – that it’s important to be kind to everyone you meet, because it’s the right thing to do, and because good things will always come back to you.

I agree. Good things do come back to you, and they make the world go round in a really satisfying way. So I encourage you to go out there and do something nice for someone, even if it’s as simple as holding the door open.

Pay it forward, my friends.

-ErIn a state of bliss


2 thoughts on “Pay it Forward

  1. Erin—
    Wonderful post! This makes me think about Matthew 18:3, “Truly I say to you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.” I don’t know what your religious views are, but regardless, there is something beautiful in these words no matter how you view the divine—the more people are like Kaylee, the more wonderful the world will be. My heart is warmed ^_^

  2. Wonderful post. And you’re exactly right that even the smallest things can make a difference. I go to the post office on a regular basis. Nothing is more fun than me (ok, I confess, 62 year old woman) holding the door open for a guy of any age. Little, surprising gestures like that stop the world for a minute, and let us look at one another as people rather than moving parts of the scenery.

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