Friday, February 24, 2012

Secret Shine Project

You've all heard of The Shine Project, right? Ashley is the bomb. Seriously. She is changing the world because she dreams big.

The Shine Project

When she posted on Facebook asking about some help with a secret project, I got so excited. And now, I get to tell all of you about this secret project.

Pass It Forward was designed to get people to do little things, everyday, that makes an impact on the community around them. Pass it Forward is designed around a card (read card that I've attached now so you understand). Each card is given a unique ID number. Lets say we're at McDonalds, and I decide to pay for the person behind me in the drive through. I'd give the cashier the card, and tell them to pass it along to the next car when the give them the food that has been paid for. I then go home and log into the website that was on the card, and find my unique ID number. I log into it, and add my information... My first name, city, and a description of what I did....
Let's say the person behind me was you, you would pass it forward to someone else, and then would go home and do the same thing. From the very beginning, you will be able to track where your card goes, and how many people you affect just by doing one simple act of kindness.


Sometimes, I get bogged down with being too busy, not wanting to offend people, etc. I justify not serving people and make up excuses. But every time I overcome that and I serve, I am so filled with joy that I don't know how I can ever make up reasons to not serve again. Last weekend I went to a special needs dance. I was nervous to dance with those amazing people because I wasn't sure what to say to them. I focused on how different they are and I let myself feel uncomfortable. But, when I let myself relax and just have fun being with them and dancing with them. And I found pretty quickly that I was learning from them. There I was, serving them and supposedly blessing their lives, but in the end I was the one being served.

In my opinion, that's the point of Pass It Forward. Creating service opportunities and inspiring other people to serve. Are you feeling the excitement that I'm feeling?

This is what the back of the Pass It Forward card looks like. I can hardly wait for mine to come in the mail! Next Friday, I get to blog about what I did with my card and link up to The Shine Project blog. 

Also, I highly suggest reading Ashley's post about this project on The Shine Project blog.

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