6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Pay it Forward Giveaway

Have you ever seen the movie "Pay It Forward"? The notion of paying a favor not back, but forward--repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds. I LOVE that idea. And I try to "Pay It Forward" when I can. For example my friend Ang sent me an AMAZING good luck card and CD before my Marathon, so I started Random Cards (see HERE).

Runners are amazing people. I have received and witnessed so many good deeds in my short running career.

*The guy at my 1st half Marathon who told me about the Starbucks to avoid the Honey Bucket lines on race morning.

*The countless people who will offer to take photos without being asked.

*The running Man in red shorts who took the time to say "Slow down and breath" as I tackled a tough hill.

*The kind running lady who used her last bit of effort at mile 25 of my Marathon to remind me that "You have less than 10 minutes left."

Maybe it is the Runner's high? Who knows, but I strive to be one of those Runners who continues to foster the positive vibe..

On the plane ride back from Hawaii I was reading "Twenty Wishes" by Debbie Macomber, borrowed from my speed reading Mom. Mind you I have very little time to read with working full time, little ones and running. Reading on the plane was a rare treat. The lady in the seat next to me saw that I was nearly on the last page. She pulled a book out of her bag, said "I think you would really like this book," and gave the Tiffany blue paperback to me. I was baffled?? This woman I did not know gave me a book because she "No longer needed it and thought I would enjoy it." AMAZING!!

The book was "Sundays at Tiffany's" find out more about the book HERE . This is a great light hearted book, something nice to read before bed.. If you would like to have this SLIGHTLY USED copy of Sundays at Tiffany's and a few fun items tossed (travel sized lotion, Gu and Running Card) in with it..


-Leave a comment about a random act of kindness you have done or witnessed. It is an simple as that...

-If you would like additional entries, post a separate comment with another example.

Giveaway closes on Tuesday 8/11 at 6:00AM(PST) with the Winner being announced in the afternoon.

Other Great Giveaways to keep you busy:

B is for Brown- ends 8/8


Marlene said...

What a great idea. I would have been blown away if a random person on the plane gave me a book! I think it's great that you're paying it forward. :)

I've pulled up to a drive through before and found out that the person in the vehicle ahead of me paid for my tea - not knowing who I was and not even leaving the opportunity to say thank you. I try to do that for people every once in a while when I have some extra cash in the car. It's such a nice surprise!

I ALWAYS appreciate it when people offer to take a photo (hubby and I are constantly taking awful self portraits where most of the photo is ARM) so I try to offer when I see other people doing the same.

Being Robinson said...

paying it forward is awesome! the best example i have is when ed and i were in law/grad school, broke ourselves, but we saw these girls with a jeep sitting in the corner of a gas station holding up a sign that said we need gas to get home. who knows if they really needed gas, but we turned around, and ed told them to pull their jeep up to the gas pump and he put a full tank in for them!

also that book looks good! happy friday :)

Southbaygirl said...

I have always loved the pay it forward idea! I try to do that in my career-I work in the film industry! An opportunity arose for me to grant the wish of a young terminally ill girl, for Make a Wish. I have never been able to help in my "job of choice" but about 4 weeks ago I was called by a woman I had never met but we "knew each other" thru the small Tennessee film community(where I started working in film). She had left the film industry and was now working for The Make-A-Wish foundation of middle Tennessee. She had a young 9 year old girl, who's one wish was to visit a movie set! Well....I was able to make this wish come true-because in this VERY slow time in the Entertainment industry, I was actually working-not on a Movie but on a TV show. So i made a call to the exec producer and he ok'd her visit to the set. I gave the Make-a-Wish coordinator the phone number and contact info to our production office and it was off and running!! The young girl came to the set 3 days later-and had the time of her life!!!! She met some of our actors, had her hair and makeup done in the trailer and I was able to let her operate our camera!! She had tons of pictures taken and the cast sent her a signed picture!

For the first time in 30 years of working in the film industry, I was able to do something meaningful! I was able to do something so small for me but huge for a little 9 year old girl! I can't tell you what a feeling it was!!! I never thought working on a TV show would ever do anything good! But it did for the little 9 year old girl!

5 Miles Past Empty said...

I love it Mel! Where on earth do you get these ideas? I love the random acts of kindness, giving and receiving. But handing out kindness is one of my favorites because people don't usually expect it! I love to make people smile and suprise them by going out of my way!

Just last Thursday I was driving home from the YMCA when I saw one of my running inspirations running. He was far from home and far from the Y (he works there too). I knew he would turn and run right by my house so I sped up and turned the corner on two wheels, ran into my house, ran to the fridge and grabbed the water bottle I had thrown in there that morning to carry on my long run. I ran outside and crossed the street...I saw him coming. He was shiny and glistening with sweat, it was already 86 degrees! I cheered him on and clapped! He must have thought he had ran into a race or something! But when he got close I handed him the water bottle and he drank! He had gone 6 miles and had about 6 six left. He was so happy to see me and I gave him the go ahead to use my front yard water hose anytime he runs by and needs it.

It felt so good to help a fellow runner out. I guess I don't necessarily look for situations to be kind, but those situations present themself and I am open to them!

Thanks for the fun post! I can't wait to read everyone elses storied!

J said...

That is so awesome that she gave you a book. I have done something like that before. I used to babysit for my neighbors a lot and so one night I took over all my old favorite toys that were just sitting in my closet and gave it to the youngest little girl. She played with all my stuff all night and it just made me feel so good that my favorite things were being enjoyed once again by someone else. It is so nice to see other people happy and I think that we dont give enough kindness to each other either in material ways or not! Such a good idea!

Michelle said...

I've been following your blog for a month or so, but never posted. I love your competetive spirit - I wish I had more of that!

I had a life-changing (seriously!) random act of kindness shown to me. I was 14, had just gotten my braces off, and was in the passenger seat of my mom's car looking at my new teeth in the mirror. A man pulled up next to me and motioned for me to roll down the window, so I did, hesitantly. He noticed me checking out my teeth and told me not to worry, that I had a beautiful smile. I got embarrassed and had to explain that I wasn't smiling at myself, that I had just gotten my braces off! For a self-conscious teenage girl still going through that awkward phase, that compliment meant the world to me! I think sometimes it makes us uncomfortable to give people compliments, but I don't know why. It's SO important though to point out the good things, no matter how small! That man was a complete stranger, but I love him still to this day!

EricaH said...

well i just have a couple little things first during my first 5k it had to be the last 1/4 mile and I had in my head decided that i would just walk the rest of the way and the lady running up about to pass me tapped my on my shoulder and said "almost there" nothing big but it was enough to make me push through to the end. I it to me was just so thoughtful of her to offer encouragement when she didn't have to. so i try to make it a point now to pass that along on my runs. :)

Suze said...

I'd love to have a slightly used copy of the book. I love to read. I definitely understand about giving away things. I've been doing it for years and I've been blessed in return. One night at church I had forgotten my glasses and a young lady gave me a larger print Bible. It was the first Bible her husband had ever given her. Some of the pages have fallen out and been misplaced. In the interim, she has died and all her friends and family believe she is in heaven. Often I think of getting that Bible, even in the condition it is in and returning it to her surviving spouse. I think he might like to have it. I don't think he knew that she gave it to me.

As soon as I have my next oncologist appointment, I may be buying one of those super duper sports bras, if I can get a prosthesis for my bra after my lumpectomy.

BTW - if you want some mountains - try WV - I was born, raised and went to college there. I sure wore out shoes as campus was all up and down mountains AND our campus was split in two by about five miles

Croughwell said...

I use to take the bus a lot so I would read a lot. I was reading a book by Nora Roberts and the lady on the bus also gave another Nor Roberts book.

Croughwell said...

Another time I was on the bus with my two kids and it started down pouring. I didn't have an umbrella. When I was getting off the bus some guy game me his umbrella.

Lisa said...

I love the concept of paying it forward. I have done the coffee at Starbucks drive-thru before. That reminds me...it is time for me to do it again.

The biggest pay-it-forward moment for me was when I was in my early 20's. My friend and I were driving to Reno and we had a series of misfortunes landing us on the side of the road in the middle of the night needing to get to a town about an hour away. A couple came by from the direction of the town. They had been driving a long time and were very near their home. They turned around to take us an hour out of their way (did I mention it was after midnight?) They refused to accept any money for gas etc. When my friend and I commented on their wonderful generosity, they responded that they had children in college and would hope that someone would do the same for their kids. Their kindness touches me even twenty years later.

Felice Devine said...

Yes, I have been MIA :-) I'm actually on the computer in a hotel room, while my son is sleeping and my husband is hanging with the extended fam after his cousin's wedding this afternoon!

I received some GREAT kindness once after I had been in a small-ish car accident. It was raining hard and the driver who hit me didn't stop. I called tripleA but the guy who came to look at my car somehow was confused and ended up leaving me with a falling-off tire. So, I tried to drive to a rest stop (I was on the NY thruway) but, like I said, my tire was about to fall off. Two very, very nice Canadian guys saw me and followed me to the rest stop and then changed my tire so I could at least drive the two hours to get home. It was the kindest, most helpful thing. They totally went out of their way to help. I tried to buy them a coffee or something for their trouble and they wouldn't take anything. I was so grateful to them!!!!!

Matt (No Meat Athlete) said...

Great story! I always struggle with giving books to people, because I feel like it obligates them to read it when we all have so much we want to read already. Maybe this is why it's a good idea to give to strangers, so they don't feel much of an obligation!

My story is from just two days ago... My wife and I went to Annapolis, MD for a day trip. We were in a crowded parking lot looking for a spot, and this old man passed in front of our car. And knocked on our windown. I said something like "Oh great, this guy works here and he's on some power trip and he's going to tell me I can't park here." Instead, he said "I'm parked right over here and I'm leaving, just follow me and you can have my spot."

Very nice guy, and I felt like such a schmuck!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Paying it forward is awesome. I posted about it in the spring, but there was a car accident in front of my house. Mother in a mini-van with 2 kids in the car rear ended another car. Damage to the car, but no injuries. The mother was pretty frantic, and dealing with the guy from the other car. Didn't want to disrupt them, but soon noticed that the youngest girl was doing the pee pee dance outside, and near tears. I then went outside, and asked the girls if they wanted to come in. Since I was making dinner for our kids, I offered the girls to eat as well while the mother was on the phone with the insurance company and waiting for the tow truck. Mom was sooo thankful, and even sent me flowers a few days later. Made me feel awesome.

I will also never forget the guy I nicknamed Mr. Big from my marathon post who saw me struggling and crying, slowed down his already slow pace to walk with me for a few minutes and encourage me to keep fighting. Runners are awesome.

Lisa said...

I found your blog from a link on I Run Because I Can. Your stories and the ones in the comments are so uplifting. It's nice to be reminded that there are genuinely nice people out there.

My story is that I was in line at a local sandwich shop to buy a chocolate chip cookie. I had a dollar out thinking that would cover my purchase, but it ended up being around $1.19 or so. As I was digging through my purse looking for change, a teenage boy quietly walked up and placed a quarter on the counter for me. It was such a small gesture - only 25 cents - but it really brightened my day.