Friday, February 12, 2010

Living Your Five presents... Paying It Forward ala Kay

Happy Friday! This week is the final installment in our series about paying it forward with a question we posed to all the Fivers:

What is your favorite way to pay it forward to other people?

Here's how I answered that question:

If I could only pick one way to pay it forward for the rest of my life, it would be to cheer others on to success. Yes, I'm a former college cheerleader, but that's not the kind of cheering I mean. (I'm not sure I'd fit into my old skirt anyway!)

I'm a big believer in pursuing your dreams and embracing your full potential. So much so that's encouraging and supporting people to do the same is one of my Five! To me, there's nothing more fulfilling and emotionally satisfying than seeing someone who has worked so hard finally achieve their goal. There's nothing like it!

This is why I love the Olympics. Those athletes have been training for most of their lives for this one shining moment and only one of them can be the winner. What an extraordinary thing! But those moments happen every day to people all over the world.

-- The student who studies extra hard to understand geometry, going over it and over it until they finally ace a test.

-- A writer who toils in private for years honing their craft and finally sells a novel so the whole world can read their words.

-- A pet foster parent who lovingly nurtures an abandoned animal in need despite the sometimes overwhelming challenges and finally earns its trust and love.

It's so easy on the path to success to simply give up when it gets tough. To say "This isn't worth it" or "I'll never get it" and stop just shy of greatness. So when someone perseveres--really gives the best they have inside them--that is worth more cheers than I can possibly muster. But I'll give it my best every time because they deserve all that and more.

I absolutely believe we are all capable of accomplishing anything we set our minds to. So go for it... I'll be here cheering you on!