#TheSW30 Day 25: Describe a moment when you “paid it forward.” What happened and how did it feel?

This is my 25th entry for the single woman’s 30 day blogging challenge.

First, what does “paid it forward” mean?

Pay it forward is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying the kindness to others instead of to the original benefactor. The concept is old, but the particular phrase may have been coined by Lily Hardy Hammond in her 1916 book “In the Garden of Delight”.

Someone once told me that we cannot give to others if we ourselves are not full. So, I am thankful to God for all the blessings He bestowed on me. God granted me the opportunity to study for college and to be in medical school even for two years only. I was also given the opportunity to be in graduate school at UP Manila for the MHA program, even when I haven’t finished it because I failed one subject just before I take my comprehensive exam. Even then, I was well provided for my education. Thanks to my mama and tatay/ Dr. RJ, who treated me as one of his children even when I am not his own child.

Another blessing that was given to me was the bike I am using since the start of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) as a donation from Sir Joel Paler. There came a time when vehicles for transport like jeepneys, taxis and buses even tricycles were banned to operate during the ECQ due to the Covid-19 or the Corona Virus Disease Pandemic.

The ECQ started from March 17, 2020 until May 31, 2020. During those period, in order to limit the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines, lockdowns, officially characterized as “community quarantines” by the government, of varying strictness were imposed in numerous parts of the country. The “enhanced community quarantine” (ECQ) is the strictest of such measures. The largest of these measures was the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, most specifically in NCR.

Last May 18, 2020, I found a page in Facebook where they collect bikes for donation for frontliners. In that page, I saw Sir Joel Paler placed a comment that he is willing to donate his bike and that he is living near Dapitan corner San Diego street. Thank God that he is living just a few streets away from where I currently live in Carola Street beside UST Manila. So, I messaged him and asked if he is willing to lend me his bike, but to my surprise he gave the bike to me with inclusions of helmet and chain lock. I am grateful because there were no jeepneys and even taxis during that time. I praise God for his provision. Sir Joel is a nice person. Instead of letting me buy his bike, he encouraged me to share to others so they will do the same. I feel blessed on that day.

Bike given to me by Sir Joc Paler last May 18, 2020 #ECQ

So, how will I be able to repay his kindness to me?

I don’t know how I could do that but I was given the opportunity to give at a certain cause. However, I will not mention to where I gave the money that I had, but it let me feel that I have the ability to be kind to others. I feel delighted and blessed that I was given that chance. Thank you God for the opportunity.