Paying it forward

How kind are we to strangers?

The answer, of course, depends on where you look. If you looked at a pay-it-forward restaurant such as this one, you either pay what you want, pay what you can or volunteer in exchange for your meal. At these restaurants, about 80 percent of the guests pay the suggested price or more for their meal.

My move to Germany about two years back was all thanks to the kindness of strangers. When I thanked them profusely, they mentioned how several people had helped them out before. I continue to help people out with their own international moves. I see this not just as a privilege, but as my duty.

The golden rule – to treat others as one would like others to treat oneself  – has been around on since the beginning of time. It is an unwritten code that is part of our genes.

Does your community or organization have a culture of paying it forward? If it does, this culture would sustain itself. If it does not, like a fire, it merely needs to be kick-started.

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