PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAY- November 8th, 2013

November 8th, 2013 PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAYS Act of Kindness

Encourage a Stranger

We all have bad days, we all have down times and periods in our lives where things just seem to never go our way. It is during these times a word of encouragement can go a long way. Sometimes it comes from a loved one or a friend but sometimes that encouragement can come from a total stranger and the strange thing is….sometimes the encouragement from a stranger goes a lot further than from a loved one.

So today I am asking you to encourage a stranger or even someone you don’t know very well. I will even take it a step further this week and ask that you encourage a stranger I am going to encourage. His name is Aaron. He is the son of a facebook friend of mine. He has found himself in the middle of a hard time right now and is currently serving a sentence in prison. I do not know how long, I do not know why all I know is that he is going through a tough time and with the holidays close at hand he is growing more and more discouraged. So with your help maybe we can send him some encouragement so he can make it through this tough time in his life.


Here is the message from his mom:
I hate to ask for help, but I need to.  Holidays are already hard on inmates so God gave me an idea. I’m asking for anyone who feels led, to send him a note of encouragement. {especially MEN} I want him to be bombarded over the next 30 days with whatever God lays on someone’s heart to share with him. …I just think it would be good for him to hear from other people besides his parents. Plus, kids don’t always hear what mom and dad have to say.

If you send a card, keep it plain…no glitter, music, etc. they will throw it away or return it to you if it has any of those things because they’re SO picky.

Thank you so much, I appreciate you!

Aaron Chealey #78085 2110 N. 20th St. East Omaha, NE 68110


Thanks everyone. Enjoy your Friday!!!!


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PIF Friday Nov 1st, 2013 – Coins For Kids Friday

November 1st, 2013 PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAYS Act of Kindness


Coins for Kids Friday

This is so cool and easy to do. Before you leave the house today grab a pocket full of coins. You know you have some around. If not stop somewhere early and get a couple of dollars worth of coins and put them in your pocket.

As you go about your day be on the lookout for kids who might be crossing your path. When you happen to notice a child or some children heading your way simply take some of that change out of your pocket and place them on the ground where you know they will see them.


Then simply watch their faces as they notice the coins they have just found. It will surely brighten your day.

If you don’t think you will comes across any kids today then go out of your way to take some coins or perhaps a dollar to a child you know and leave it for them to use as they please. It will brighten their day and you know it will brighten yours.




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PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAY…September 6th, 2013

September 6th, 2013 PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAY Act of Kindness


The giving of a flower goes back to the beginning of time. A flower given can mean anything from I love you to thanks for being a friend to get well soon. No matter the reason…giving a flower is a perfect way to show someone you care and to spread kindness into the world.

Todays act of kindness is to very simply give a flower to someone today. It can be someone you know, it can be a stranger, it can be a bouquet of flowers, it can be a single flower…whatever you choose.

I promise you…it will totally brighten someone’s day.

Have a wonderful Friday everyone!!!


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Pay It Forward Friday August 30th, 2013

August 29th, 2013 PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAY Act of Kindness



Chances are you are a parent or a grandparent and if you are not chances are you have a niece or a nephew or if nothing else you know a kid. At least give me that!!! : ) I recently had the pleasure of being asked to appear on a television show called Creating Cooperative Kids with Bill Corbett. This is a public access show that goes to over 250 affiliates with a about 10,000 people watching in each location. ( 2.5 million people). My discussion with Bill involved speaking about how parents can influence their kids to pay it forward. As I stated on the show… ” once a child understand that they, one person, they make a difference in the world guess what happens to their self esteem, guess what happens to their self worth and their self confidence. Guess what happens to bullying in school when kids don’t have to pick on others to make themselves feel better. Guess what happens to bullying in schools when a child’s self worth is so strong that someone calling them a name doesn’t even phase them. Guess what happens when a young person feels so good about themselves that they don’t have to turn to drugs, or alcohol or peer pressure to feel better about themselves. ” So today…I want you to get a child involved and teach them the power of kindness by PAYING IT FORWARD!!! Today is wild card Friday….you get to choose what you want to do however you have to do it with a child and or teach a child how to do it and then make sure they do it. ( Some examples: taking some old toys that they don’t use anymore and donate them, read to a younger child, give someone a hug, open a door for several people, let a child pay a toll, let a child pick someone at a restaurant for whom you can buy a dessert or a coffee, make a card for a local firefighter or policeman or anyone). Please send us emails or reply on our facebook what you choose to do and if you can take pics and send us them so we can use them here.


See below my segment on the Creating Cooperative Kids show if you would like to watch it.


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PIF Friday August 23rd, 2013- Post It Note Friday!!!! : )

August 23rd, 2013 PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAY Act of Kindness


Find a stack of post it notes you have lying around, you know you have them. Now take out one at a time and simply write a note of encouragement, a positive message or anything to bring a smile to someone’s day and leave a trail wherever you go. : )

Here are a few of mine. I post a couple in the Panera I worked at this morning and a few more I will be leaving as I go about my day.

Simple enough and yet you never know who you might touch today with a simple note of encouragement.

Have fun and please be sure to send us your pics and your comments so we can share on our facebook, twitter, our website and more.
















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Advertiser Testimonial from Merry Maids

At Merry Maids, our whole philosophy and mission statement is rooted in service to others. It is easy to lose sight of this basic fundamental however, becoming consumed with staffing, financials, logistics, well, you know what I am talking about. We became aware of Dr. Clint Steele and his Pay it Forward movement in the spring of 2013 at a local business breakfast in Scarborough. This basic concept of doing little things for others, in an either calculated or random fashion, was very attractive to me, both professionally and personally. Helping others is nothing new, and all of us do it every day through our business or as friends, parents, leaders, etc. However, this conscious effort to perform random acts of kindness takes little effort on our part, and makes a huge difference. Our business has been growing over the past couple years, and I am convinced that a large part of our success has been our focus on helping others. Is helping others good for business? It sure is. Customers, especially customers in Maine, love to support a company that they know is using some of their money to help other hard working Mainers. The Pay it Forward concept is a fun concept as well, because something as simple as paying for someone’s coffee in line, can make their day and even possibly change their position on human nature! Wow, now there is a lofty thought, but certainly not out of reach. We love supporting Pay it Forward Magazine both through the purchase of ad space, and the promotion of their mission to our staff and customers. It has proven to be a very positive endevour that has sparked enthusiasm in our staff, which has led to greater productivity at work. We are looking forward to continuing to be a part of this awesome project and magazine.
Benjamin Sholl Owner Merry Maids 254 US Rte 1 Scarborough, Maine   04074 207-883-2225


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July 19th, 2013 PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAY Act of Kindness


I love this idea. I first came across it a few years ago but was recently reminded by it in a recent issue of PAY IT FORWARD x 1 Million Magazine. As I interviewed Ben Sholl of Merry Maids, he shared a story about a free house clean they did for a woman who had just lost her dear husband to brain cancer. As they entered the house to do the clean, they were told they could clean the whole house except for the upstairs bedroom mirror. Hmmmm wonder why…well when they got to the bed room they soon realized why they were not to clean the mirror. Written on the mirror, in black marker, were the words from the husband to his wife prior to his death…” I will always be with you honey, I will love you always.” WOW… words from her deceased husband, written with his own hand and she did not want that gone, EVER!!!!

The other day in a networking meeting were challenged ( thanks SHARON LITTLE) to take a dry erase marker and simply write something positive in the mirror for each of us to see each day. I will add, not only us personally but anyone else who uses that mirror. Something positive, something encouraging, something inspiring…so as we look into that mirror we see ourselves and the see the positive wording with that at the same time and associated ourselves with something positive. SO POWERFUL!!!

Today’s act of kindness is for YOU and for those you are the closest. Simple take a dry erase marker ( make sure it is not a Sharpee unless you want it to stay permanently) and write something positive, encouraging, motivational, empowering of encouraging in one, or more, of your mirrors today. Leave it there for at least the next week or perhaps change it from time to time or better yet have each person in your household take turns writing something positive on the mirror each day.



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PAY IT FORWARD Friday July 11th, 2013

July 12th, 2013 PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAY Act of Kindness

Very simple. Make someone smile today. Actually , let’s make it worthwhile, make 10 people smile today. Your choice on how you want to do it. You can leave a note. You can share a joke. You can give a sincere compliment. You can buy someone a coffee. You can simply smile at someone until they smile back. Whatever you want to do….simply make 10 people smile today. PAY IT FORWARD by improving someone’s day today.

Please help share the act of kindness today. Share the email or the post on Facebook but please let’s get the word out and share with as many people as possible. Our goal it to have 100,000 people each Friday performing an act of kindness to someone and expecting nothing in return.


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Imagine every Friday tens of thousands of people across the world performing a specific act of kindness, the same act of kindness to tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people, proving the awesome POWER OF KINDNESS!

This is what PAY IT FORWARD Fridays is all about.

Upon setting and acting on my goal of inspiring over 1 million acts of kindness in 1 year I have encountered the following statement time and time again…” I want to do something to make the world a better place but I don’t know how.”

PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAYS will change ALL that!!!

Every Friday we will send you an early morning email that will reveal the specific act of kindness that will be performed that day. This act of kindness will be simple, will usually be FREE or cost less than a couple of dollars and will take no more than 10-15 minutes to perform.

This simple act will not only improve your day but it will improve the day for someone else. In addition we hope it will start you and others on journey where you will not only see opportunities to PAY IT FORWARD on Friday but also everyday.

It is really as simple as that.

Please join us by signing up for our free weekly PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAYS email here. We promise never to share our emails with anyone else and we also promise to send no more than one email a week. You can stop them at anytime.

Join us today and let’s change the world!!!


  • A Pay It Forward Fan... says:

    May 10th PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAY Act of Kindness
    Today take 10 minutes to stand in a doorway that is fairly busy and hold it open for people. Each time someone walks through the door simply say…HAVE A NICE DAY! Cost- nothing. Time-1 0 minutes. Try it and see if you don’t feel better and see how many smile you put on people’s faces.

    • A Pay It Forward Fan... says:

      I did this today and it was a blast. At first I thought, hmmm this is kind of crazy, but as I stood there and just smiled at people and told them to have a nice day I started to get this wonderful feeling inside. It didn’t matter if the person smiled back, responded or not, it was so much fun. Thanks for sharing this idea with me. I LOVED IT and will be looking forward to performing more PAY IT FORWARD Fridays with you. THANKS

      Laurie from Portland, Maine


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