“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.”
- Francis Bacon

Sunday, March 08, 2009

PAY IT FORWARD ~ Good for you, good for someone else, good for everyone!

Multiplying like hotcakes at a logging camp, Pay it Forward, is touching blog-land at every corner where wonderful people gather. I first read about this event at Jennifer's blog, sit-n-chat.

I am a person who believes in the concept that goodness, care and kind treatment of others can be multiplied by how we treat others, often when they least expect it. So, after reading Jennifer's post a few times and after thinking long and hard, I responded.

Yesterday, much earlier than a year later, my postman handed me a box. To tell you the truth Pay it Forward wasn't on my mind at the time (I had been chopping ice) so when I opened the box to find a darling, adorable, feminine and perfect for me goodie, I sat down in my kitchen and felt warmed, happy and so totally sure that goodness in this world does exist...you just have to find the right people. Truly, just as my goodie suggests, I will celebrate life each and every day and remember Jennifer fondly in my daily celebration.

So, I'm Paying it Forward with hope that three lovely people who drop by my blog in the next few days will let me know that they, too, would like to feel the warmth of friendship I experienced yesterday afternoon. I will gather your names and addresses and send you a handmade item so that you, too, can Pay it Forward on your blog.

Here is what you need to do if you participate:
  • The first three people who leave a comment letting me know they want to participate will receive a hand-made gift from me.
  • Those three people promise to post this challenge on their blog and pledge that they, too, will Pay it Forward, creating a handmade gift for the first three people that leave a comment on their blog.
  • The gift can be any price range, though it is thought that keeping it small will be sufficient. You have 365 days to make and ship your gift. I will send you your gift long before a year from now and most arrive well before a year has passed. I will choose my gift by watching your blog for a little while to get to know you better so I make just the right goodie.
  • If you would like to participate, just leave a comment telling me your intention and then copy this post on your blog changing names, etc. so that you can Pay it Forward to three others. In time we will blanket blog-land with good thoughts for others and a sense that the world is populated by thoughtful people who Pay it Forward as a matter of fact.
Even if you feel that you do not want to participate, a comment is more than welcome about the the Pay it Forward concept. To those of you who do chose to participate, welcome! This is going to be so much fun. I truly to give gifts! Again, thank you Jennifer for the darling gift with a message I will cherish each and every day.
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Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

I think you have a wonderful idea....good luck giving all your wonderful treasures..it sure will make someones day....another time I would love to participate....
Thank you for your sweet comment on my Pink Saturday post.....
Mo :-)

Sweetie said...

What a wonderful idea. Of course, I would love to "pay it forward." For the second year our local newspaper is sponsoring a "pay it forward." They award an amount of money for someone that comes up with the best idea. Your blog is lovely.

Jake and Bathsheba said...

That is certainly a great idea. I would love to participate if I believed that I could create an acceptable handmade gift. Nice idea.

I'm hopelessly behind in acknowledgements and am trying to play catch up. You were so kind to leave a comforting comment upon my beloved Jake’s passing last month. Thank you for your support during this difficult time for me. Jake’s memory will forever live in my heart and mind.

~J&B’s Mom Nancy

Claudie said...

Hi Dear Mimi
Just letting you know that mommy's coming along. Yesterday was a long day. Some brown yucky stuff was oozing out? and I was trying to clean her up with baby wipes... she wasn't happy with me "there" so she actually bit me and clawed me. i was screaming and crying not knowing what to do. It wasn't pretty. I had to go to the doctor today to have a tetanus shot, get antibiotics, because my hand was really swollen and so darn sore. I couldn't move my fingers. I'm feeling better right now. The antibiotics are kicking in and I can finally see my knuckles.
Her nipples are full of milk and she's very restless. I think things will happen in the next couple days.
Just wanted to say hi and thank you for thinking of me.
I will let you know of any news.
Love You
Love Claudie
P.S. I hope you have more than one person to pay it forward. You know I would but not at this time. I'm not even sure when I will post again. Hopefully before Easter. Still enjoying the break.

Anonymous said...

Hello Miss Mimi. Oh I did answer your questions about the stars. But just to make sure I'm here to visit you personally and answer :-)

"Yes, bigger stars can be made :-) I just like the teeny bity ones where I can actually place them on smaller bottles/jars.

Since I’m actually using a gift wrapper, it’s quite a large paper and the cutting is tedious. But once the strips are there the folding part is rather easy I assure you.

I guess to create bigger stars just widen the width of the strip and make it a little longer so there’s enough to wrap around :-)

About the video - I don’t actually know how. I know it’s sad (on my part). That is why I did try to take pictures on the actual step-by-step procedure and I really hoped that everything is laid out. This is my attempt to compensate on my lacking of the video tutorial :-)"

The Pay It Forward concept I admire. Oh I agree about the "Celebrate" on your pretty pillow. Things like this should indeed be celebrated. But sadly I don't think I'd be able to participate as of this time. I do hope this continues. And then when I'm able maybe I can catch up on the journey as you did. I wish there's a way to keep track on things.

The pillow would have been perfect for Pink Saturday so lots and lots of people will know about it.

SILVER said...

i enjoy visiting you today.. but as i am short on time- i will have to come back again to read more.

I do feel very comfortable here. You have such a neat blog.


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Vintage To Chic said...

Mimi, I would love to join the pay it forward, I love exchanging gifts. Let me know what I need to do.