Pay It Forward

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REFLECTION: Pay It Forward

Maybe someday I'll have kids of my own. I hope so. If I do, they'll probably ask what part I played in the movement that changed the world. And because I'm not the person I once was, I'll tell them the truth. My part was nothing. I did nothing. I was just the guy in the corner doing my usual thing..

I found out that actions have consequences, and not everything is under my control. Until I found out that I couldn't change the world at all, but a seemingly extra-ordinary movie, and a twelve-year-old boy could change the world completely — for the better, and forever—working with nothing but his own altruism, one good idea, and a couple of years, and a big sacrifice.

It started with a teacher who moved
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Trevor changed me, too. The thing about Trevor was that he was just like everybody else, except for the part of him that wasn't.

People gradually stopped needing to know why. We adjust quickly to change, even as we rant and rail and swear we never will. And everybody likes a change if it's a change for the better. And no one likes to dwell on the past if the past is ugly and everything is finally going well.

After watching the movie, I fantasies of people emulating the movie. There are infinite possibilities for the ways in which this could be done. How many times do we step around a homeless person on the street? "Oh, dear," think. "That person certainly has a problem." But we let it remain their problem. We would not normally think to stop and make it our own. I'll bet almost everyone who watched this movie has an extra shirt in their closet that is never worn, that would never be missed. And, I bet that almost all of these same people know of a homeless person in their place. So why is the shirt still in their closet, when they could take it and give to that person? This is a new way of thinking, to begin to see beyond our own problems into other people's lives and figure out if there is some way we can help them.

The most important thing I can add from my own observations is this: knowing it started from unremarkable circumstances should be a comfort to us all. Because it proves that you don't need much to change the entire world for the better. It


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