Pay It Forward

@flapiz (4151)
Australia
September 21, 2012 10:26am CST
I watched a movie entitled "Pay It Forward" last night and it was life changing. It is about an 11 year old boy trying to change the world. His idea was simple, but if applied by all it could really make a big difference. He will help three people out and instead of repaying him for the good deed, the person he helped should pay it forward and do a good deed to three other persons and so on like a pyramid. I was struck by that movie and I got into thinking how many times I help others without expecting anything in return. How many times have I been kind to people who needs help like the kindness I've received from others. How 'bout you guys, what do you think about the child's idea?
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12 responses
• Philippines
21 Sep 12
I guess that's a good idea. If a person has helped you then you have to help 3 people too and each of them will help 3 people too and so on. If that's the case I guess that cycle won't end anymore and that's good. We'll help everyone in need. I guess we'll have a better world in the future. Happy mylotting.
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
22 Sep 12
Yes the math is true. In that case we will be able to experience, "Utopia", or a perfect world. Let's start doing good today. :)
@aparajita (860)
• India
21 Sep 12
Watched it 3yrs back..liked it..it's touching..I like the characterisation and the development of the plot.
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
21 Sep 12
Yes it was indeed very touching. It made me cry. But it also made me think that if I were to die I also would love a lot of people to pay their respects for me. So I think I need to start doing good. The plot was simple and not too flashy so I also did like it. And I think the kid was really cute. His eyes has something in it which shows substance.
• India
21 Sep 12
It was during that time that I also watched August Rush. What a plot, what beauty in music and spirit!
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
22 Sep 12
I haven't watched August Rush yet but well I think I will watch that one of these days as it seems we have the same taste in movies.
• United States
21 Sep 12
I remember seeing this movie when I was in high school and it was really touching. It was amazing that a little kid could come up with such a heartfelt, generous idea. I can't remember if it was based on a true story or not, but it was still a great movie.
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
22 Sep 12
Nicely said. I will do some good deeds today too. I am doing free make up for my sister and her friends as they will be attending a party today. Normally I would have jokingly asked my sister, "What's in it for me?". But today I'm going to be a fairy godmother to those gals.
@echoforever (5192)
• United States
10 Oct 12
I have seen this movie and I love it. Every time that I watch this movie again I feel inspired by it again. I feel warm and like I should be more kind to all that I meet. I enjoy the acting and the actors, Helen Hunt being one of my favorites. The idea though I do not know how it would go in the real world. Sometimes sure it may work out that way, you get helped and so you wish to help someone in return. But not everyone is going to think that way or return the favor. I think that is why in the movie he kept crossing people off though. If we could spread this kind of goodness in the real world I think it would be amazing. It would be a revolution but it would have to start somewhere. And others would have to keep it going once it is started.
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
11 Oct 12
Well that's the difficult part, believing in the goodness of people. Well it may not work out the way it is designed but the effort of those who do it can make a good difference too right?
• United States
11 Oct 12
Yes of course, it all starts somewhere. Those who focus on this sort of generosity or kindness will see a difference in their own lives too I would think. It would not be a wasted effort.
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
9 Oct 12
Yes, it's a very good idea. The idea is manageable by all, but there's just people who is not up to it for whatever reason. Take me for instance, I maybe able to do it, for a day, a month, a year and then I would forget all about it and it stops right there... nothing would happen...
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
9 Oct 12
Hi Jennyze! Contrary to your belief, even if you forget about it, the people whom you have helped will not forget it. They are still going to pay it forward to others. Then others would pay it forward and so on. It never ends. :)
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
10 Oct 12
I really hope so, Flapiz. I must have not been sincere in helping, cause somehow I want those persons to remember me, too...
@lynnes75 (443)
• Malaysia
23 Sep 12
I remember this movie, it starred Haley Joel Osment if I recall correctly, it's a good movie, quite great concept of 'paying a good deed forward'. Some jaded people might think it's cheesy or corny, but I think it's movies like this that we need to see more being produced. On this subject matter, we should always try to be good and generous in helping others without expecting anything in return for ourselves, but rather that the people we help will help others in return. Just like the movie's theme, spread the goodness around the world :)
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
23 Sep 12
Hi Lynnes! Very well said. "Paying forward" is truly a very good concept to follow. If all people would do it maybe we will have a better world and community.
@lynnes75 (443)
• Malaysia
23 Sep 12
Hello back :) And agreed. I'm sure everyone wants a better world and community to live in, so why not follow this concept? It's not hard to do, and in doing good for others, we're actually also benefiting from it ourselves. So 'pay it forward' I say o/ :)
@rafiholmes (2897)
• Malaysia
21 Sep 12
mm..Pay it forward'' sounds familiar..is this the one acted by that kid from the movie Sixth Snese?,, i think ive seen it..but forgotten how the story fully goes..
• United States
21 Sep 12
Yep. It is stars Haley Joel Osment (the kid of Sixth Sense), Kenvin Spacey (The Usual Suspects) and Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets)
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
22 Sep 12
@rafil: Yes that is the kid. I think you should watch that movie again. It has a really good message. :) @kitmurphy: I see you are a movie enthusiast. I've only watched the sixth sense among all the movie you've mentioned.
@dodo19 (31947)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
27 Sep 12
I haven't seen that movie in ages. It really was a touching movie. It's such a sad movie, though. I definitely enjoyed watching it though, and would certainly recommend this movie.
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
28 Sep 12
Yes it was a beautiful and touching movie indeed. I learned a lot from it so I'm sharing it to the world and hopefully they would share it to others too. Let's pay it forward and make a better place.
@kemak28 (738)
• United States
22 Sep 12
I loved that movie. Has been quite some time since I have seen it...I will have to watch it again. Very good and touching storyline.
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
23 Sep 12
It is a good movie indeed. It's worth watching again and again. Watch it again and let the message change you like it has changed me... for the better.
@meowchie (992)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
awww it's a must seen movie for everyone..it's a good reminder.. some people just do good if they know they would benefit from it, to extend goodness even without anything in return is what we actually need nowadays.. said the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer :/ hope ain't that way.. thanks for reminding.. .
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
22 Sep 12
Yes we do need sincerity of deeds today. I hope we could start by doing it here in mylot as well as in our respective homes.
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
This is one tragic movie that I really liked. ;) I usually steer away from movies that kind of depresses me in the end but the message in this movie is really a very powerful one--kindness, and how simple acts of kindness can make a big difference.
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
22 Sep 12
Hi Melanie! I thought at first that the movie was boring. But as the story unfolded I found myself admiring the child. Yes I appreciated how a simple act of kindness shows a promising solution to this world's problems. The movie really inspired me.
• Portugal
21 Sep 12
i watched that movie in school^^ while i was still studying. a teacher of mine took that movie for us to watch. i really liked it and i cried in the end. its a very sad story. he is an amazing child. and sure his idea is great. would be good if we all just acted good to each other^^ i do good deeds for others and some people did the same for me. but its really rare to find people that do it with their hearts^^ many ones do it just to show off. but if you do with your heart then it shows how good you are.
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
22 Sep 12
Hi Sweet! Yes indeed. We must help others heartily not just for show. The true measure of helping is the sincerity you put into it. That movie served as an eye opener for me. :)