In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Pay It Forward.” Tell us about a time when you responded to an act of kindness with one of your own.
Uh, the way I was raised one graciously acknowledges kindness done to them and is silent on the subject of the kindness offered to others. Otherwise, two nasty things happen.
First, in this case one is not really kind; one is feeding one’s ego and looking for approval.
Second, one might find themselves in an icky argument about whether or not there is any such thing as altruism.
Among the terms in our world that I dislike is “pay it forward.” I hope I don’t do that. I hope I simply act with compassion and move on. But I fail, often.