Pay it Forward to Energize – Hawaii
When I arrived home yesterday I found my lovely friend Franki mowing my lawn. She has offered to do it for me to save me money until I go to Hawaii, as I had been paying to have my garden maintained. I don’t have a lawn mower, and she is very good at it, and quick too. What an amazing gift.
Franki has been reading the book ‘Pay it Forward’. I saw the movie and found it so inspirational that I wrote about it in my books. Even the movie trailer is inspirational and energizing Watch it Here
Pay it Forward is something I like to live by, but every now and then I have to be reminded of how it works.
To Hawaii – or Not?
One reminder recently was to do with the Hawaiian trip I am going on in March. I say ‘going on’ very positively because it has been challenging. You see we were caught up in the Air Australia demise, where the Airline suddenly announced on Friday morning that it was no longer flying anyone anywhere.
The barbecue that was planned for yesterday to get to know each other and handover travel wallets etc, turned into a strategy planning meeting. However, we still managed to enjoy the ambience of the lovely tropical garden and the beautiful Gold Coast weather. Our energy picked up and we separated on a positive note.
A lot of activity took place over a couple of days, and the trip is still going ahead.
‘Pay it Forward’ clicked in.
Qantas airlines offered a low airfare to Air Australia passengers. I was one of the ‘lucky’ ones, with a long term good friend, also going on the trip, offering to pay the extra money needed to obtain this new airfare. What a generous gesture! I will do my best to pay her back in time, one way or another – but perhaps I am meant to ‘Pay it Forward’ too.
I could easily have refused her offer, and Franki’s lawn mowing, but I chose instead to be grateful and accepting. They both enjoy sharing and giving to others, and I believe in the power and energy of ‘receiving’ as much as the energy of ‘giving’.
I also believe that I have ‘paid it forward’ by giving freely of my time and energy to help others - most recently in helping Dean Callaway get his book ‘The Hawaiian Way’ into print with extras to help him promote it, because I support his message. Dean is also paying it forward with the time and energy he has put in to making the trip the best he can and the extra things he does for people all the time.
Balance – Exchange of Energy
The world is built on balance, and the balance of ‘exchange of energy’ is an important concept. This doesn’t mean we have to exchange it with the same people. It simply means we put out in big doses and it comes back in big doses – if we are able to receive it.
People who receive too much and never give are out of balance, but so also are people who give too much and cannot receive.
Is Your Energy Balanced? Check your ‘ometers’
Check your receive-ometer against your give-ometer, and see if you are allowing yourself to receive.
An Energy Block – What Did it Mean?
With Dean’s Hawaiian trip, we had a good feeling about how everything would go smoothly and it would be an amazing experience for all ten of us, and then suddenly there was a ‘spanner in the works’ with the Air Australia collapse. This got us thinking? What’s going on here? Why this sudden block in our path?
In a former job I had, one person said to me, ‘We never promised you a bed of roses’. Well, I guess we could say this about life. Even though I believe ‘Life was meant to be easy’, I also know we are going to be tested from time to time – tested on our focus, determination, and maybe on the ’7 Principles of the Hawaiian Way’ also – Ike -Awareness, Kala -No Limits , Makia – Focus, Manawa – Living in the Now, Aloha -Love, Mana – All power comes from within, and Pono – Effectiveness is the measure of truth.
Perhaps this was what was happening – it was just a test to see which of us was applying all the principles and who could move through the blockage and make it go right.
Everything is coming right, and I will give you an update when I find out how many are still going on the trip.
GIVING AND RECEIVING
They say it’s more blessed to give than receive.
But that’s how they see it, how they perceive.
For giving is one thing that’s easy to do.
It makes me feel good when I’m giving to you.
But better than this is receiving a gift.
By thanking the giver, I give you a lift.
When gratitude shows for the thing you have done,
You’re rewarded because you’re the most special one.
By giving I show that I selflessly live. When receiving I bless you,
Not just when I give.
(c) Joan Small
Let me have your comments, and tell me about any incidents you have had of ‘Paying it Forward’.
Live with Energy