Last week my grandma called me to tell me a story and could barely finish a sentence because she was so excited. Earlier that day, she had decided to treat herself to a nice lunch ("vith a gless of vine!"), after which point she went up to the counter to pay. The waiter informed her that another couple had seen her dining alone and had taken care of her meal. She didn't quite understand at first and insisted that she at least handle the tip, which she found out had also been paid for. The couple slipped out of the restaurant without taking credit for their sweet gesture, hopefully finding pleasure in the fact that they had made a sweet older lady's day. I was so touched thinking about how they had gone out of their way for my grandma that it inspired me to pay it forward in the future in a similar way.
How to Pay it Forward
It's easy to get into the mode of "buy, buy, buy" this time of year—it's far and away the time when I spend the most money not only on the people I love, but also on myself, prepping for holiday parties, and taking advantage of sales. But it's important to remember that this ...read more