Pay It Forward Stories
A collection of your stories from around the world that give hope, provide strength, and inspire others to pay it forward everyday.
I was given "COURAGE" last year when I joined MOPs, which was perfect timing with some major life changes happening. Since we started the process to adopt our son I've worn it more often to remind myself not to lose heart. Today I met a sweet girl in the midst of major life changes, and very fearful about her future. After we talked a while she asked about my necklace, and I immediately took it off, and helped her put it on with tears in my eyes. I knew she needed the reminder more than I did.
My necklace had the word 'AMOR' on it which means love in Spanish. I went to Peru this past summer and worked for a child outreach ministry that provides part time residential for these kids passing through crises. I became very close one of the staff, Vanessa, who I worked with every day in the classrooms. I knew she was the one I was meant to pass my message to. The day before I left, I wrote her a letter and read it out loud to her and then gave her my necklace. Many tears were shed.
When I saw the "let go" key, my heart stopped. The last thing I wanted in that season of my life was to wear my struggle around my neck for all to see, but I knew that's exactly why I needed that one. I felt freedom almost as soon as I bought it, but I loved that key so much I couldn't imagine passing it on. Months later, while crying with a friend over her struggle and need to let go, I felt that same heart stop. As she talked and I held it in between my fingers, I knew I had to pass it on.
About 8 months ago I got a summer internship at an investment center. As May approached my mother unexpectedly passed away. When I told my boss I unknowingly formed a lifelong friendship with her because she too lost her mother at my age. She spend this summer mentoring me not only in finance, but life too. Today was my last day, and she shared a bracelet with me. She no longer needs the strength, but as I continue my career during this hard time, I do. So, she passed her bracelet onto me.
I am 43 years old, a mother of two gorgeous boys, and I was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 27th, 2015. It was discovered during my routine mammogram, and was obviously a bit of a shock. Regardless, I attacked this disease swiftly, and with as much force as possible and painstakingly researched each doctor and decision. I had a double mastectomy on April 29th, and I feel very fortunate that all of my scans were clear.