Pay it Forward Whenever You Can….

On Halloween, someone hit my car in a hit and run and as I walked towards my (fully paid off car) I squinted in the sunlight and thought that’s odd, I don’t remember that dent or those white marks and as I got closer I realized someone has hit my car and I started to get really angry as I approached.

Then I noticed a white piece of paper on my driver side door which pointed to my windshield where someone had scrawled a note that said, I hit your car, I am so sorry, here is my insurance information and my phone number please call me so we can figure out the next steps. I was mollified by this while remarking to myself on the irony of the car being paid off and NOW it gets hit. I was thinking about it and saying you know, it’s not a whole lot of damage and I have been there before about 7 years ago and when the person reported the accident my insurance went up by a very large amount and it was just a small dent and life has been very good to me lately (see that paid off car!!!) so I decided to let it go.

I called her and talked to her and let her know that I wasn’t going to pursue it. She was so relieved and thanked me profusely, she also insisted that I let her buy me lunch (we work in the same building) which she is doing today. So a situation that could have been negative has now turned positive. I think that is a story and a message worth sharing.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating you not report people in an accident where major damage and bodily harm are done, life is life and sometimes horrible things happen but I think that in a case like this one, you can afford to let some things go. I am all the happier for it and wanted to encourage you to find a way to “Pay it Forward” today.

Think About it….

Taking the Sting out of the past…

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I have long had a habit of taking things that are unpleasant and finding ways to reclaim them in a positive light.

High school was no picnic for me. But tonight, as my company celebrates all things “high school and homecoming” I take it back as my own. Now, nearly 20 years later, I am married to the love of my life and will be so proud and excited to walk into “the dance” with my husband. Tonight I will be Lorraine Baines, Diane Court, and Eliza Doolittle all rolled into one. All my high school dreams and fantasies come true but it’s going to be better, because it’s not accompanied by all that angst about if the guy I like really likes me. I already know!

What negative can YOU turn into a positive? Think about it!