Tomorrow is Thursday, April 29, 2010 … a day like any other day except that it’s not a day like any other day. You see, tomorrow is a double whammy of the best kind of day no matter how you look at it.
You see, I’m the kind of person who remembers important dates and special dates and odd dates that other people overlook or forget. Yes, I’m the person who will warn you that in 40 more days — on June 8, 2010 — this number sequence will happen twice that day: 06/08/10 12:14:16. And yes, on October 10, 2010 there’s another quirky number sequence that will happen twice that day and it will look like this: 10/10/10 10:10:10.
Yes, I’m the one who keeps track of the fact that Administrative Professionals’ Day was on April 26, Grandparents’ Day is on September 10, Bosses’ Day is on October 16, Mother-in-Laws’ Day is October 22 and yes, I’m the one who reminds people that Thanksgiving Day in Canada is weeks before Thanksgiving Day in America.
Catherine Ryan Hyde wrote a novel that became a movie . Now that’s not so extraordinary. It happens quite often in Hollywood. But the story Ms. Hyde wrote was “Pay It Forward.” The story revolves around the bumper-sticker idea that we should “Think Globally, Act Locally” and tell the compelling story of a 12-year-old boy who creates a simple enough extra-credit assignment for Social Studies — conceptualize an idea for world change and then put that idea into action.
The idea is that an individual should do three good deeds for someone else … someone they don’t even know … something they can’t do for themselves. And then, instead of asking them to pay it back, you ask that person to pay it forward to three more people and to ask them to pay it forward to three more people instead of paying it back.
In real life, it’s a fact that paying it forward has its positive effect on those who are touched by receiving the gift of help and then giving the gift of help.
The trailer for this movie may seem a bit long when you see it’s 8 1/2 minutes in length but rest assured it feels like those 8 1/2 minutes go by in no time at all.
Now for those who are wondering who they could possibly help in a meaning ful way, I have an idea of how you can make Pay It Forward Day the best double whammy day imaginable.
You see, Thursday, April 29 is also World Wish Day Celebration for the Make-A-Wish Foundation around the world. Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of the first wish ever granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In the years since then, over 240 000 wishes around the world have been granted to children with life-threatening illnesses.
It’s because of people like you — people who care about others, even those they haven’t yet met — that so many wishes have been granted. And Pay It Forward Day is one of the best reasons for continuing to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation in granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
One simple act of kindness may not seem like much to many of you but if everyone did something to help someone else — no matter how big or how small — imagine what we could achieve. We may not be able to wipe out world hunger and we may not be able to find cures for incurable diseases, but we could make this world a better place in which to live.
To find a local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in your country, click on these links:
Make-A-Wish Hong Kong
Make-A-Wish New Zealand
Make-A-Wish United Arab Emirates
Make-A-Wish United Kingdom
Thank you and remember, the world can only change if you decide to make a difference.