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November 24, 2013

WHOLE FAMILY: Smile and pay it forward whenever you can

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• Talk to people. I likely am “that” annoying person, but if you get stuck in an elevator with me, I might talk to you. I have found many people, me included, like a little conversation, a human connection. I’m careful to not ask, “How are you?” if I’m not willing to listen for the answer, but there’s always something to say. Remember our words *touch* people, so reach out and touch someone.

• If you’re eating out — or slurping coffee out, which is more likely my case — leave $1 or $2 for the person behind you. Discreetly tell the checker to put it toward the bill of someone else who will come to the line. Then smile, of course, and walk away. Most cashiers seem a little stunned at first but catch on. I do this often, but now I’ll have to change my habit because I am convinced anonymity is an important key here. Lastly, then …

• Find “secret” ways to bless people. There’s a law just as sure as the law of gravity: You reap what you sow. If I sow a seed of kindness, I’m sure to reap one somewhere, somehow. Now, may I never *look* for my reward or seek credit for my good works. I’d been giving $2 at Starbucks for a long time, but I was not expecting that Niagara Falls meal ticket to be paid. It was a delightful and humbling surprise. Goodness done in secret is especially rewarding.

I’d love to hear what you do to bless people. Write me and tell me. Now that my coffee gig is up, I can use some new ideas.

Goshen News columnist Stephanie Price is a wife, mother, teacher, childbirth educator, midwife’s assistant and nursing student from Elkhart. Contact her at wholefamily@goshennews.com, 269-641-7249 or on Facebook at the page “Whole Family Column by Steph Price.”

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