Pay It Forward

The past two weeks I have been showered with kindness. I have received two packages in the mail.

Contents of package #1
From: Blake Watson
Inside package: Several web design books.
Info: Blake has a condition known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy and he has found that physically holding books has become a struggle. Blake prefers e-books. Blake is supportive of me learning web design and sending his web design books is a lovely gesture.

Collection of web design books blake sent me

Contents of package #2
From: Andy Clarke
Inside Package: New Riders and Lynda.com DVD’s.
Info: After hearing The Big Web Show Podcast, Andy contacted Jeffrey Zeldman asking for my contact info. Andy contacted me and asked for my mailing address. He was kind enough to send me some of his New Riders and Lynda.com DVD titles.

Andy Clarke DVD's he sent

Lesson Learned:
These kind men have offered me gifts of knowledge asking for nothing in return. They exemplify the term “Pay It Forward.” I felt it was important to share this story. Are there  gestures that you can pay it forward to members of your community? These men have taught me a powerful lesson. They didn’t ask if I needed help. I was provided a vehicle, so I can help myself. I can’t wait to pay it forward!

Much love,
Marissa