Pay It Forward

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Been around a while but movie ‘Pay it forward’ has a good message – one that’s influenced Black Dog.   (CAUTION:  film also has sad bits).  Pay it Forward is about a boy who comes up with a dead simple idea and it takes on a life of its own.  Just imagine.  You do a favour that really helps someone and tell him or her not to pay it back, but pay it forward to three other people, who in turn, each pay it forward to three more – and on and on into a global outpouring of kindness and decency.   I particularly like (Kevin Spacey’s) pitch of the assignment to his junior high class ….

“You’re stuck right here in the 7th grade but not forever because one day you’ll be free.  (Class cheers).  What if on that day you’re free you haven’t prepared.  You’re not ready.  And you look around you and you don’t like what the world is.   So what if the world is just a big disappointment?  Student answers; “We’re screwed”.  Unless.  Unless you take the things that you don’t like about this world and you flip them upside down, right on their arse.

And you can start that today.  This is your assignment.  Think of an idea to change our world – and put it into ACTION!  What’s wrong?  Students answer; “It’s so weird”.  “Crazy”.  “Hard”.    Teacher says; How about possible?  It’s possible.  The realm of possibility exists where?  In each of you.  Here (points to head).”

And maybe you’ll never know who or how you reach and help someone, somewhere by ‘passing on’  the stories on Black Dog.   Black Dog’s travelled the world this way though, turning up in Japan, China, Russia, France, Italy, America, England, Portugal etc, etc….so keep passing on the stories, it’s doing some good around the world  ….

Check out this story about kindness and this one about the French tightrope walker who made the impossible – possible.