the Blog before Christmas

Just finished watching one of my favorite movies, Pay it Forward. Even though I have watched it many times before, I still am amazed at the wonderful story, great performance of the actors, and the simple uniqueness of the concept.

For those who haven't watch the movie yet, the concept of Pay it Forward is really simple: you do something real good for three people, and when they ask how they can pay back, tell them to "pay it forward" to three more people, each. You have to do something very important to that person, and something that he/she cannot or would not normally do.

In the movie, the concept started when one Social Science teacher gave an assignment to his 7th grade students. He asked them to think of an idea for world change, and put it into ACTION. Twelve-year-old Trevor, the protagonist in the film, came up with Pay It Forward.

It is funny that even though the idea sounds really simple, it takes a lot of effort, courage and time to apply it in one's life. In our world today, seldom are those who give something without expecting to receive anything for themselves.

Which leaves me thinking... Christmas is only hours away, isn't it nice that instead of having the usual "exchange gifts", we rather have "forward gifts"? And why limit ourselves to the Christmas Season? Throughout the year, when we get the chance to do something real good to someone, instead of telling them to "repay me in the future", ask them to pay it forward.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!


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