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Join in: Pay It Forward Friday

Help spread random acts of kindness across Doylestown on Pay It Forward Friday.

On Friday, someone, somewhere, in Doylestown will walk to his or her car and find an envelope tucked under the windshield wiper.

Inside will be a cheerful note and a $5 bill.

Why?

It's Pay it Forward Friday, the first one of 2013.

It's part of one Doylestown resident's mini revolution to make the town a nicer place to live, work and play.

The idea is based on an old saying: When someone does you a favor, don't pay it back. Pay it forward.

The kindness spreads exponentially when each person chooses three people to "repay" with kindness.

In this particular case, it was Heather Walton, Doylestown resident and Realtor with Class-Harlan Real Estate, who planned to leave the $5 bill and a cheery note on a stranger's car.

Now, Heather would probably be kind of embarrassed to be singled out like this, so let's make sure she's not alone. Chime in and tell us how you can practice random acts of kindess every day.

Don't be shy. The idea isn't to glorify yourself. It's to talk about the nice things, the good stuff, that happens every day but doesn't always get the attention it deserves.

One of my friends, Andrea, wrote recently on her Facebook page about how she spontaneously decided to pay for the order of the person behind her in line at a restaurant.

Because she took the time to mention it, it spurred her friends to think about what they could do to make someone's day.

They weren't the only ones.

Andrea practiced kindness in front of her two young girls.

The girls spent the rest of the afternoon and the days that followed thinking of ways they could perpetrate their own random acts of kindess.

Kindness is contagious.

Pass it on.

Or, better yet, pay it forward.

Colleen Brink January 06, 2013 at 01:45 AM
And it seems some also missed the lesson, "If you don't have anything nice to say, then say nothing at all." I've known Heather Walton for 20+ years and know that her only motive was to spread love and kindness. Heather is the most humble and beautiful soul you could ever hope to know. Her smile alone lights up a room. Thanks Heather, and Sarah for reminding us that it doesn't take much to make someone's day brighter!
dtownmomof3 January 06, 2013 at 04:34 AM
It just comes off with the general message hidden by who did what and how.. maybe a few more ideas of paying it forward and the message that doing a nice thing humbly and annonymously is much more of a happy selfless act. Who cares who knows who..really. Its town n uf you grew up here...you tend to know many. I teach my children that you just do nice things without expecting people to know you did it or getting praise. They often feel great about their deed and i also tell them it was a nice deed and am proud. Its like a time i read abt people teaching their kids and naming them how to help a family in need in the town over the holidays. Thats awesome! How would that family feel knowing people were patting themselves on the back for adopting a family. MY POINT: GREAT REMINDER TO DO KIND ACTS. JUST DO THEM. DONT KEEP SCORE.
Heather Walton January 06, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Love the passion about this topic...Kindness and goodness prevails!
Jeff Lugar January 06, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I don't know who you are, but if you're going to accuse someone of throwing you "under the bus" in a public comment section, the least you could do is not hide like a coward behind an anonymous username when you do so.
LG January 07, 2013 at 04:02 PM
I'm pleased to have such positive news & could care less that a person or biz are singled out.... (though I do know the waltons since I was a teenager)... thank you and please give us more of the good things happening in our communities!

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