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Ryan M. Taylor: Cowboy Logic 1-7-12

Ryan M. Taylor Towner, N.D.

“Pay it forward,” was a term I heard first in a movie by that name. From what I remember, it was about a kid who came up with the idea of doing something nice for someone and rather than take any payment or return favor, he just tells them to “pay it forward.” Do something nice for the next person down the line and keep it going.

It’s a good lesson to ponder as we turn the page on another year. Might even be a good movie to watch as you consider resolutions for 2012 and ways we might want to change our life, and the world, for the better.

Maybe you’ve had it happen to you. We do something similar to it when we help neighbors work their calves, or feed the mourners and family members after a funeral in a church basement. A simple act of food or labor that defines the meaning of community.

Those are a little different than a classic ‘pay it forward’ act because we know the people well who we are helping. They’re our friends and neighbors, not a random stranger. Good acts and efforts, but not quite as selfless as helping someone you’ve never met who won’t have the opportunity to repay the favor.

“Pay it forward,” was a term I heard first in a movie by that name. From what I remember, it was about a kid who came up with the idea of doing something nice for someone and rather than take any payment or return favor, he just tells them to “pay it forward.” Do something nice for the next person down the line and keep it going.

It’s a good lesson to ponder as we turn the page on another year. Might even be a good movie to watch as you consider resolutions for 2012 and ways we might want to change our life, and the world, for the better.

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Maybe you’ve had it happen to you. We do something similar to it when we help neighbors work their calves, or feed the mourners and family members after a funeral in a church basement. A simple act of food or labor that defines the meaning of community.

Those are a little different than a classic ‘pay it forward’ act because we know the people well who we are helping. They’re our friends and neighbors, not a random stranger. Good acts and efforts, but not quite as selfless as helping someone you’ve never met who won’t have the opportunity to repay the favor.