Thursday, November 23, 2006

Be nice

Some Londoners have got tired of meeting rude, crumpy people on the way to work and are trying to change this. They have little bagdes/tags (niceties tokens to be exact) you can give to someone who is nice and the tags have identification number so you can go and log on to a website to tell where you got it from and then you can pass it onto someone else who is nice!
Couple of years ago we watched a film that had a bit similar idea, it was based on a book. It's about extra assignment at school which was to think of a way of changing world and put it in action. The hero of the story comes up with the following:

"You see, I do something real good for three people. And then when they ask how they can pay it back, I say they have to Pay It Forward. To three more people. Each. So nine people get helped. Then those people have to do twenty-seven." He turned on the calculator, punched in a few numbers. "Then it sort of spreads out, see. To eighty-one. Then two hundred forty-three. Then seven hundred twenty-nine. Then two thousand, one hundred eighty-seven. See how big it gets?"

The film really made you think how little things can make a difference. Sometimes it takes a long time to see the effects of but just because it is small doesn't mean it's unsignificant. It's a bit like dropping a stone in the water and seeing the ripples get bigger and bigger, reaching out furhter and further.

I guess you could summarise it in Jesus words of do to others as you would like them to do to you. We have a choise every day, we can either pass on good things or bad things, we can be positive or negative, we can be friendly or rude, we ca be selfless or selfish. It is up to us to make a difference in this world, we can change for better or worse. (sermon over).

Here is another heartwarming story to read if you have time.

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