Now that times are finally getting better for us, our primary focus is to repay the kindnesses that were extended to us. As Yeoldfurt mentioned in his post this morning, we will be using APN's "Pay It Forward Bucks" to accomplish that. Our gratitude toward those who helped us when we were so down is heartfelt and we hope that those we pass the 'bucks' on to will be equally blessed with our gift. I believe though that their greatest blessing will come when their own situation allows them to pay it forward themselves. It truly is better to give than to receive.
Money is easy to repay because it's measurable and tangible. But there were other kindnesses, intangible things that were equally valued and appreciated when we were struggling. Gifts as simple as a few kind words left in a comment, encouraging words in comments or email, bits of knowledge and wisdom that were relevant to our struggles at the time, even long distance tech support in the wee hours of the morning ...you know who you are! All of those things were equally responsible for helping us through the hard times and were so appreciated. Those will be paid forward as well at every opportunity. I hope to repay them with interest because I believe we all need to look for ways to help and encourage each other ...don't wait for a need to be mentioned before you do what you can to help someone. Your efforts won't always be appreciated or acknowledged. Sometimes, your efforts might even be completely misunderstood and unappreciated. But that's not the point, is it? Your blessing is in the giving so it doesn't matter if the recipient has the reaction you expect or desire.
Go scatter some unsolicited blessings of your own today and see if it doesn't bless you many times over in return.