Sunday, March 10, 2013

Paying it Forward



Please watch ...this is an AMAZINGLY AWESOME story that brought tears to my eyes!  How often do you hear of selfless stories like this on the news?  Not often, but we should.

In short, Mr. Tony Tolbert decided to loan his home to a homeless family (rent free) for a year so they could get back on their feet. Such a profound gesture!  He reminds us that we can all give back in some fashion. As he stated, we don't have to be Bill Gates or Oprah to pay it forward- give what you can with what you have.

I feel a sense of obligation to pay it forward as a responsible business owner and citizen. My business currently makes in-kind donations to local groups and charities.  We do what we can with what we have. Helping those in need benefits me by knowing that I can make a positive impact in a person's life, no matter how minuscule the gesture may seem.
 
Tipping a bit extra, giving an encouraging word, mentoring, or even taking the time just to listen are all ways we can give back.  So, what will you do to pay it forward?