The Joy of Giving – Pay it forward

'We make a living by what we get, But we make a life by what we give' Winston Churchill
‘We make a living by what we get,
But we make a life by what we give’
Winston Churchill

I hope this will be a heartwarming story. About 3 years ago in 2013, Mr M and I were given an automatic VW POLO hatchback by a dear friend of ours. We were in need of replacing our trusty old Peugeot 306 gear shift hatchback, because not only was it becoming unreliable and needing more money spent on it to keep it going, but also with Mr M’s Parkinson’s symptoms worsening, he was struggling with loss of power and ability to coordinate his movements to change gear. It was affecting his ability to concentrate and drive safely. But we had no means to buy a better car, even a good second-hand one, especially an automatic.  Long story short, the son of close friends of ours offered to buy us one, because he remembered a kindness we had shown him as a boy, when we replaced a bike of his that was stolen. We were gobsmacked and had forgotten that we’d done that. We were so overwhelmed by his generosity, we felt we didn’t deserve it. But we gratefully accepted the gift and it has proved to be such a blessing to us both.

peugeot-206-1425981-638x426Our little green Peugeot was too old to sell, but it still had life in it. So we decided to give it as a gift to anyone who needed a car. Another friend took it on who wanted to pay us for it, but we said no, we had received a gift, and wanted to pass on a  gift. So instead they made a donation to a charity, as it happened to Parkinson’s UK.

Well recently, we found out that they had given the car away to someone else who now needs a car, but they stipulated that the new owner make a donation to charity in lieu of  payment. So 3 years down the line, this gift we gave keeps being passed on, and so many people are benefitting from one small gift.

So may I encourage you to consider experiencing of the joy of giving and watch your gift being passed on no matter how great or small the gift. It can be the gift of time or skills, or a smile and thankyou, or a cup of coffee. The concepts to ‘Pay it forward’ or ‘Acts of random kindness’, are not a new.  Let’s make everyday a time of giving, not just at the seasonal times. It will not only make you feel good, but it will make a difference in someone’s life.

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