Paying It Forward

Coding and Drinking Starbucks, yeah!

So, yesterday I was at Borders Books & Music and I ordered a couple of decaffeinated beverages from the Café. I didn’t have any cash with me so I used my shiny, brand new debit card. The barrista made the drinks first and when it was time to pay up, my debit card didn’t work! It was sooooooo embarrassing.

Anyway, the barrista was nice and said, “no problem, just get in touch with your bank to get it fixed”. So I tried calling my bank and for some odd reason my cellphone couldn’t connect. Luckily, my bank was 10 minutes away and so I went there and they manually set a new password and made sure it was activated.

I went back to Borders and told the barrista my new card was working now. But she told me that a lady who was waiting in line behind me (when I first ordered my drinks) had paid for them!

The barrista told me that the lady just said, “just tell him to do something nice for someone else one day”.

I thought that was one of the nicest things anyone had ever done for me… and especially coming from a complete stranger, and I was thinking about that movie, Pay It Forward. So now I just need to pay it forward and help someone else in need.

Have I done that yet?

Well, since then I have helped various people. From donating to my favorite charities to giving money to homeless people on the street. Nowadays, I do what I can and try to find the compassion and kindness to give to others who might need my help.

Whenever you can, why not help others by paying it forward.

Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

11 thoughts on “Paying It Forward

  • Sunday March 27, 2005 at 7:30 am
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    I am so glad you made it home safely from Vegas, and how nice your Borders payment was paid for you. Very nice!!! I will check your gig page and Diane and I will make it down there soon to see you again.

  • Saturday March 26, 2005 at 11:30 pm
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    I am so glad you made it home safely from Vegas, and how nice your Borders payment was paid for you. Very nice!!! I will check your gig page and Diane and I will make it down there soon to see you again.

  • Sunday March 27, 2005 at 2:55 pm
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    it’s the little things that count 😉 isn’t it nice to have experiences like that to know that there are still nice people in the world? 😛

  • Sunday March 27, 2005 at 6:55 am
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    it’s the little things that count 😉 isn’t it nice to have experiences like that to know that there are still nice people in the world? 😛

  • Sunday March 27, 2005 at 5:52 pm
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    Pat: thanks, my friend. and congrats on the job offer.

    Tyler: so true. the experience brings me hope for the world, and made me more forgiving in regards to the rather negative experiences in my previous entry.

  • Sunday March 27, 2005 at 9:52 am
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    Pat: thanks, my friend. and congrats on the job offer.

    Tyler: so true. the experience brings me hope for the world, and made me more forgiving in regards to the rather negative experiences in my previous entry.

  • Monday March 28, 2005 at 9:24 pm
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    sweet, kind gesture from strangers. i love those. 🙂

  • Monday March 28, 2005 at 1:24 pm
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    sweet, kind gesture from strangers. i love those. 🙂

  • Monday March 28, 2005 at 10:32 pm
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    aw…it sure was a very sweet thing. small guestures like that make us feel so much better about this world.

  • Monday March 28, 2005 at 2:32 pm
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    aw…it sure was a very sweet thing. small guestures like that make us feel so much better about this world.

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