Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Really Full but Short Post for a New Year

A new year is upon us and, as tradition tells us, we should be making resolutions. Things we want or should change about ourselves and our habits. More often than not, these resolutions are focused inwards, on ourselves. What would happen if instead of focusing inward, we directed that change on the communities around us?

Most of us have heard of the concept of Paying it Forward, someone has done something for you so you “pay it forward” by doing something for someone else. In the new year, let’s expand that concept to not just Paying it Forward but Paying it Backwards and Sideways, too. Some might call this the Ripple Effect, as Libby Birky of SAME CafĂ© Denver does. You’ve seen somebody do good for someone else, which inspires you to pass that good on.

So, this year, instead of making resolutions that are given up on by January 15th(come on, let’s be realistic here), make a resolution that’s easy and will go on and on and on and on…
Pay it Forward, Backwards and Sideways as often as you can.