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This week, we're kicking off a series about paying it forward--a favorite Living Your Five topic--with a question we posed to all the Fivers:
What is your favorite way to pay it forward to other people?
Here's what Alyson had to say:
As a writer, I believe in the power of words to entertain, inform, heal, and inspire. And as a former flight attendant, I know just how far a simple, sincere “Thank you” can go to brighten a tough, dreary day. So, when I want to pay it forward in some small way, I usually do it with language.
When I see someone who’s feeling obviously uncomfortable or insecure, I try to say something kind that will give them a boost. When I see a beggar or someone down on their luck, I offer a silent blessing of healing to them. When I learn of a friend who’s got a reason to celebrate, I jot off an e-mail or call in a “Congrats!” And I’m always on the lookout for unique cards that I can send for birthdays, anniversaries, or “just because.” They can be funny, inspiring, silly, heartfelt, doesn’t matter—it’s all about the words, the message I want to relay.
It’s an easy, simple thing to do, doesn’t cost much, if anything, and makes both sender and receiver feel good—it’s a win/win!