Paying It Forward

November 10, 2011

You’ve probably seen the movie and if not you should (has it really been 11 years since it came out?).  You’ve probably seen at least one the fantastic Liberty Mutual commercials.  This one. Or maybe this one.  If not, you should!

Those are definitely some feel good moments.  Things that make you feel all warm and fuzzy.  But are they things that really change the world?  Can one random act of kindness really make a difference?

Would 85 random acts of kindness make a difference?

My idealistic self says YES!

In celebration of  a month of thankfulness (November) SEP just rolled out our new Community Involvement Program, part of which is our Pay-It-Forward program. That’s SEP giving our employees a chance to share some of the blessings that we have.  That’s us putting our money where our mouth is when we say part of our mission is to ‘make the world a better place.’

I can’t wait to hear what happens.  I’ve heard some awesome ideas already (buying a stranger a cup of coffee, buying a meal for a homeless man downtown, taking a dozen cupcakes to a new neighbor). I have grand visions of watching the news one night and hearing “Up next at 11…a sudden outbreak of random acts of kindness is being reported throughout Indiana.  What is behind this movement?  Channel 13 investigates.”  (A girl can dream, right?)

What do you think…

> Has a stranger’s kindness ever turned your day around?> > Have you ever seen someone do something that inspired you (like in the commercials)?> > Have you ever had a moment where you paid it forward?> > Let’s say you had 10 bucks to share…what would you do?

By the way, if you find yourself behind a car dropping off some donuts and coffee to those hard working construction guys on 146th Street one day next week, don’t be irritated because you had to slow down.  Be inspired.  Go…share some cheer.