Friday, August 19, 2011

Pay it Forward

An old man once said, "There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living"
       This is the quote that serves as the motivation for this post. This was a quote I stumbled upon when I was browsing through my friend's blog. You see I am a big fan of quotes that are inspiring or motivating or just strike out some kind of meaning and/or emotion. I liked this quote in particular, because it's a good reminder not to sweat the small stuff and see the good things that life has to offer. So like I often do I post these things as a status on my facebook to share with my 1500+ friends. I share things because I figure, if  this (insert quote/link/photo..etc. here) made me smile, laugh, ponder, or reminisce then chances are one them will too.
     What I didn't count on is so many people reading and relating to this particular post. As I said before I share and post a lot of things I find interesting and they often get lost in translation in the traffic that makes up the facebook community, but this particular quote got more "likes" than even my status' regarding my diploma, or Spain acceptance. Now I know this probably has to do with this post doing more with humanity than my pride in my accomplishments lol. 
    So beyond the extraordinary amount of "like" notifications I was receiving on my page, came the extraordinary comment that reminded me why posting such things are for good. The comment went like this
"Wow I can't believe this right now.. im having a horrible day based on everything this message says and I thank u for posting it because u didn't know it but this has turned my day around for the better. I have to live by this. im so down, I cried when I read it."
     How powerful is it that something that I posted merely from my own interest and entertainment can I turn around and effect someone else miles and miles away from me, whom I haven't spoken with in years, and yet this simple action, had a great reaction. I felt really happy to hear this from her because it makes me think that I'm doing something right, no matter how insignificant. It actually kinda felt like one of those moments on tv when the teenager is like "blah blah blah...I don't matter" and some kind of supernatural action allows them to see how different the world is without them, and shows them their significance in life. Lol I know now the world would be different without me! haha just kidding ;)

     I guess that just another example to prove how social networking and today's age where everyone is watching what you say and do, allowing us to be connected in ways that we don't even realize.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to leave your thoughts, your favorite inspirational quote (you never know who's day it'll brighten). Comments are always appreciated <3

Much Love
Until Next Time


  1. "I guess that just another example to prove how social networking and today's age where everyone is watching what you say and do..."

    I feel like usually this is followed by: "and the erosion of personal privacy is horrible and irreversibly damaging! Protect the children!"

    It's nice to see the positive: ""allowing us to be connected in ways that we don't even realize."

    One of my inspirational quotes that gets me through the hard times is: "The secret to happiness is low expectations," by Barry Schwartz.

    It reminds me that sometimes I feel rough because I should feel rough. It encourages me to push myself and make hard decisions based on what I believe in and care about. It reminds me that the desire for an interesting life is worth the sometimes-sacrifice of happiness that I would have if I were more complacent. It's not as immediately uplifting as the quotation you gave (I don't know if it would receive a lot of likes on facebook), but it's a quick saying to remind me of my values.

  2. Lol, our society definitely does have the "the world is going down into an abyss, save the children mentality"

    Who would have thought that social networking would actually serve the purpose it was meant to? lol

    I think that's an interesting quote, and love the way you interpret it. You never know who's watching your fb and shares your tastes. Maybe post it as your status and let us know how many likes it got :)