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July 31, 2014
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Waiter gets $1K tip and a lesson to pay it forward | Moms

I heard a story on K-LOVE the other day about a waiter who received a $1,000 tip after a diner had left the restaurant.

It seems it was the diner’s birthday and as a gift to himself, he left the large tip with one stipulation, “Pay it forward…”

The waiter came back to work the next day with envelopes for each of his co-workers who had been working with him that night. He shared his tip – that was his Pay it Forward.

“Pay it Forward” and “Random Acts of Kindness” are both ideas with much merit.

I know some of you have been blessed by the person ahead of you in line paying for your coffee or maybe a restaurant bill or grocery tab was covered by an anonymous donor.

I love the feeling of being able to help someone else. Whether or not they ever know who helped them, I am left with a feeling of satisfaction that something encouraging was happening for someone else.

There may not always be ways and means to give as freely as that diner did, but there are always things you can do.

As parents, we need to set the example.

Being kind to strangers should be the norm that we model for kids.

Maybe we can buy that cup of coffee for the next person in line. Maybe we hold a door open for someone.

A generous smile given when eye contact is made is almost always welcome.

I think you’ll find that when you start behaving this way, it becomes easier and easier. And your whole family will follow suit.

Just as I believe that a person can be affected by what you do, I truly feel you will also reap benefits for that behavior.

Give it a try.

Throw on a smile and give someone’s cart the right of way at the grocery store. You’ll see what I mean!

Being kind to strangers should be the norm that we model for kids.

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