Pay It Forward

Pay  I have been really thinking of what I can do now with this much traffic on this website. Before all of this other stuff I had maybe 50 visitors a month. Which to me was awesome. Right now we’re averaging around 6,000 a day on the slow days and over 100,000 on bigger days.

Let’s do a Social Studies project. I have always loved the movie Pay It Forward. I used to be really good at homework in school. What I do can change someone out there.

I started another project a couple of years ago called #Wordhug. All you had to do was say something nice to someone on social media and hashtag it with #Wordhug. It had a great start then I didn’t keep it going and it fizzled out. That could be your Pay It Forward project. Once a day, say something nice to someone. Doesn’t even have to be online. But make it a habit. Whether you do something small like say Thank you to someone holding the door for you, or maybe you stay a little later at work so someone else can take off earlier. It could be anything at all. Just do something kind for someone else and don’t expect anything back in return. Because you are supposed to Pay It Forward.

The assignment from the movie says:

“Think of an idea to change our world and put it into action.”

I would love to hear what you did today to change our world?

Today I gave everyone in my Chicago office the rest of the day off. I know some of them are having huge Super Bowl parties and a half a day will help them get started. A few wanted to go out of town and kept looking at the clock. We had our meeting and I asked if there was anything left undone that we couldn’t deal with on Monday. There was nothing. So I said, Go Home. Now. Everyone was shocked then they started laughing and clapping and off they went. That’s what I did today.

There are a lot of things that I do for people that I don’t ever talk about. I have actually been doing daily things for years. A nice compliment to a stranger. $200 to someone that needs it for groceries they can’t afford, going down to the power company and paying off 3 bills for total strangers. I do bigger things too. Buy cars for people that really need it. Pay for college for kids in foster care that can’t go unless they have help. And sending people to rehab and paying for a 3 month stay.

The movie said do 3 nice things for people. I’m just asking you to do 1. 1 nice thing a day.

We can change the world. It just takes action. What will you do today for someone that can’t pay you back?

About Samuel

Single dad of 4 beautiful kids, Heston & Alex my twin boys, and my daughters Peace and Sky. Dad of 2 angel babies in Heaven, Ryan and Talon. Divorced. Semi-retired app developer, business partner, Commercial Real estate investor, Chicago Bears & Chicago Cubs fan, vegan, lifelong Catholic, voting independent party member, guitar playing singer who owns a dog, and 2 cats. We live in beautiful Denver, Colorado. I started my first blog Janaury 1st, 2012. Official owner of and @NotBatmanYet Twitter account.
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  1. We have a guy that lives outback of our house. He’s a hermit keeps to himself. Well we don’t have a whole lot of money. But every night we take him a hot cooked meal. It’s not much but at least he gets full. Has no job or on SSI. A vet. When ever we have extra money we buy extra food and give it to him. He didn’t know what to think the first time we gave him food. His eyes lit up. We been doing it for 2 years now. Also when our landlord retired vet stayed out here we feed him too. Kindness comes from the heart. Food makes everyone happy. Post was late but had to post.

    • Jessica that is so great of you. If you tell me what State you live in I can give you the number for a Vet help line that will get him into a Vet home or a Vet halfway home. They can even help him file his DD214 to see what benefits he is earned. You can email me at
      He has earned certain things in live by serving his country. Would love to help him find a place to sleep at night.

  2. Melissa, I am very sorry for your loss. I strongly believe the pain of losing someone DOES get easier over time. My mom passed away very suddenly when I was 21 and now at 29 I feel the ease and can talk freely about it. But they key is to ALLOW yourself to heal and not push it all down and leave it undealt with.

  3. This is a great idea. It is important to do for others that are less fortunate.

    I wanted to ask you, what do you eat since you’re vegan? How do you maintain protein? Is being a vegan a spiritual thing, or is it keep your health problems at bay?

    • I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, beans and rice. I eat mostly Asian flavors or Mexican flavors. For protein I make sure I eat tofu, beans, rice and there are a lot of Morningstar type food these days that are a great source of protein.
      I have never liked the taste of meat and I’m allergic to dairy. It makes me throat close up. When I went to college a girl was in line behind me as I grabbed a bunch of vegetables and potatoes. She asked if I was Vegan and I said What’s that. She taught me everything I know about being vegan. Once or twice a year I will eat a meal with meat to make sure I’m not anemic. I also believe we don’t have to kill animals to sustain our lives. I have been to chicken and beef farms and it’s disgusting to see the chemicals they force these animals to eat to get a bigger portion out of the bird or cow. I can’t eat food knowing that’s where it comes from. I have to load a steak up with ketchup to get it down and most of the time I can only get 3 or 4 pieces in. It physically makes me sick.
      I’ve found that during the times when my leukemia is active it helps me heal up a lot faster than others doing treatments. Being vegan was only hard when I was in the Marines. I used to trade the guys my meat and chili dishes for their vegetables or orange slices.
      It really isn’t hard to be vegan. Whole Foods has entire aisles for vegan food. If everyone ate one vegan meal a week we could help reduce the amount of animals that are being killed.

  4. You know him best Lindz! Congratulations on your marriage! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness, laughter and good health!

  5. What an uplifting post! Love it!

  6. Hi Sam, I made Turkey Soup and posted on Facebook for my neighbors that if anyone wasn’t in the mood to cook I would deliver enough for their families for dinner. We had a storm and 2 took me up on it ๐Ÿ‘ I’ve done it before with dinners because I know there are some single parents or their husbands still have to work and the kids are home from school and I love to cook so it’s simple to just make extra.

    That was my Sam inspired pay it forward deed yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  7. Thanks Sam. I lost her over a year ago. They say the grief lessens in time and I hope it is true. I have to say when the scandal broke with Meri, I came here to read all about it. I had always liked Meri and Christine so much on the show. I wanted a peek into their lives.
    I have found this blog to be a nice place to be now after the dust as settled and you can focus on life issues. I truly wish you all the best with your boys and the life changes they will bring.

    • I don’t think grief ever lessens. I believe we learn how to cope with it in a way that it’s always one memory away. I don’t really know much about Christine. I know she cooks a lot and is always doing for others. Meri is an amazing woman I could fill up another book writing about how great she is. None of us will ever really know anything of them because they hide so much. It’s not real. It’s guarded reality.

  8. I decided to volunteer for hospice when my mom died. My family was unable to go through the process with me. I relied heavily on the hospice staff and volunteers.
    I had never experienced that degree of kindness before and needed to pass it on, as you say.

  9. Don’t you think you over reacted? What scared you so badly about Kendra?

  10. Question in regards to info in your book. Why were you so mad at Meri about Kendra? Sounds like Meri had absolutely nothing to do with her and Lindsay fighting. Makes me feel bad for Meri.

    • Great question. It’s because when I asked her who Kendra was and how did she know Kendra she lied to me. I found out the next day they had been working together for 5 years and she knew her well. That’s why she apologized over and over and left me 3 voicemails crying and saying sorry.

  11. I volunteer my time at a local hospice. There are so many people who leave the world with no friends or family left.
    I do not really do much but hold a hand if I can, cover them with a warm blanket and provide a voice.
    I run errands for the patients with families and make sure they have a snack, hot meal or a shoulder.

  12. I like the idea of the Secret Butterfly Movement, I will be checking that out, too. Today I gave time to someone that needed it. I offer time and support to those whose families do not support them. Today I supported someone who is helping support a friend with an eating disorder.

  13. I am a part of the Secret Blue Butterfly Movement. You leave gifts, money, and other expressions of love for complete strangers. You leave a picture of a Blue Butterfly with a note that says, “You are Loved”. You can take a picture of your loving gesture and send it to the group who started this. They usually share the pictures on Facebook and Instagram. It’s so much fun to see how this movement is gaining momentum.

    Here is the website:

  14. ๐Ÿ˜ You are a writer !

  15. Always feels good and it makes me feel like doing even more.! You are inspirational can’t get over how sweet and generous you are to your employees and total strangers ! WOW Can we clone you ??

    • Just like everyone else in the world there is only one of me. And one is enough for this lifetime. I’m blessed to learn early on that the purpose of my life is to serve as many people as I can with love and kindness. If I can do one thing each day in the name of love I may just be remember beyond my own time. That to me makes it all worth it.

  16. I gave the neighborhood homeless guy my fresh veggies I purchased from the Farmers Market.

  17. I walked my neighbors dog and picked her up some groceries. Happy Super Bowl weekend

  18. Wow, you must be loaded to be able to do all of that!

  19. That’s some pretty strong stuff you’ve done, way to go. More people should be like you. I do as much as I can when I can. Being nice is always a plus, always. So, Have a nice weekend Sam and enjoy the Super Bowl ๐Ÿ˜Š

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