Last week, I wrote about Brendan Farrell.
His idea of “paying a bit forward” struck a powerful chord with me.
The hay convoy he organised and others supported went to a part of Australia that has experienced eleven years of drought in the last fourteen years.
Bourke has experienced a lot of drought.
Many years ago, when I lived in North Wales, I became very aware of the stress hill farmers experienced at a time of low (or no) market value for their sheep. There was great concern for their welfare but limited structural opportunities to make the situation better.
I think paying forward is the way we support people in these circumstances.
When I wrote my post about Brendan, I did not know that Catherine Ryan Hyde had written the novel Pay It Forward. Or that the book had become a film in 2000 (with Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt). There is a Pay It Forward Movement too.
A 2012 report from Catalyst, High Potentials in the Pipeline: Leaders Pay It Forward indicates some of the long term impact of kindness. The report notes that ‘high-potentials who are paying it forward today recognize that others once took a risk on them and gave them their chance—and now it’s their turn’.
The goals of the Pay It Forward movement are:
- To encourage all of us to embrace the incredible power of giving.
- To show each other that we care and that there is love, hope and magic all around us.
- To know that we may be only one person in this world, but to one person, at one time, we are the world.