Joeaux: So, you know how, when we used to go on road trips?
Marilyn: I do know when we used to go on road trips.
Joeaux: We would go through Oklahoma because most of the roads in Oklahoma are toll roads. And we would always pay for the car behind us. It would be $1.50. So it wasn’t a big deal. We never knew how people felt about it or anything, and we just got in the habit of doing it.
Well, a couple of weeks ago, Karl and I were flying, and we were going through the United Club, and there was a young mom, and I think two kids with her, and she had two passes to get into the United Club, which if you don’t have a pass.
Marilyn: You don’t get in.
Joeaux: Well, you can pay, but it’s $65.
Joeaux: Yeah, and so she was kind of like, “Okay, well, I’ll just pay for the child.” I looked at her, and I thought, I said, “Don’t pay. I’ll give you a pass.” It was not a big deal because I get passes with my credit cards and have a membership. She was so grateful for it, and she wanted to pay me for it. I said, “Oh no, no, no. Just enjoy.” And she said, “I know, pay it forward.” And I said, “Yeah.” So, that was fun. That was great. Then yesterday we were at you and Randy and Karl and I, all went to the beach.
Marilyn: Which was so much fun.
Joeaux: It was one of the bonuses of being in San Diego. On our way to the beach, Karl and I had a little bit of a conversation about, “Where should we park?” Because parking is not easy in Southern California near the beach.
Moral of the Story
Marilyn: No. Normally, it’s not easy in Southern California. Parking is not easy in California.
Joeaux: Yeah, especially if you have a giant truck as we do. So anyway, we decided to take the smaller car, and I thought to myself, maybe we should find a place on the street. I don’t want to pay for parking every time, but I wasn’t putting my energy into that; I was visualizing an open space.
Then Karl said, “Well, let’s just go back to that pay lot that we went to because we know there’s plenty of parking there, and Marilyn and Randy can walk to the beach from there.” So we pulled into the parking lot, and I jumped out because I was going to go buy the token to put in the dash, and just as I jumped out, a man said, “Don’t go buy a parking pass. Here, have mine. It still has two hours,” which was exactly the amount of time we needed. That’s so cool. For me, that was the proof of pay it forward.
Marilyn: So the moral to the story is, pay it forward. Do you remember that movie pay it forward?
Joeaux: Of course.
Marilyn: It’s a great movie with Helen Hunt and somebody else, and it was a great movie. So go back and watch it. Paying it forward is such a powerful, joyous gift that you can give to yourself. Next time you’re in the fast-food lane, give an extra $3 to pay $3 on the bill for the person behind you. Or give them a tip of $3. I was with somebody the other day, and every time we’ve ever gone out to eat, she always tips them $20 cash.
She always puts down a $20 tip, and I’m thinking, “$20? Are you sure?” But she says, “Yeah, it’s great. Isn’t it?” And I saw the joy that she got in giving that away, and that’s the key with paying it forward, is you don’t necessarily do it because the other person in line or wherever needs something. You do it for yourself. It’s so cool. It’s so wonderful to do.
Joeaux: So, our challenge to you is today, pay it forward to somebody, without the expectation that anybody would know or it’s even going to come back to you and watch what happens.
Joeaux: Good idea. Or, put it in the comments on our blog post.
Marilyn: Namaste, y’all.
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