My Favourite Lines – 4 (Pay it forward)

I watched this movie called Pay it forward,  a few weeks back with K. There is nothing new in this movie. It is not something we aren’t aware of, atleast sub-consciously. The movie revolves around  a simple concept  of how one person who initiates a good act can do so much good to the world. The concept is called “pay it forward” – as in, you pass on the good deed/act/help to another individual.

Let me illustrate this by sharing it from the movie. I just made a rough sketch so you know what it is.

So one person helps 3 people, and then those 3 help another 3 and you can imagine what’d happen as this goes on. The movie is a beautiful start. I will not spoil it for you but just strongly urge you to watch it.

You may think of this as being obvious. But who doesn’t need reminders, right? In this world where not all the good deeds are returned favourably always or where not everyone appreciates you as much as you deserve (or you think you deserve), it is easy to lose enthusiasm and initiative.

But somewhere along, we will realize the power of a good deed, a helpful act (and we are not going to define good and bad for am sure all of us have our ways of defining it and keeping our conscience happy). Without knowing, you’d have passed it on someway. So everytime we think that one person cannot change the world, we must remind ourselves to think twice. And remind ourselves to look at so many examples. We can start small, right?

I love this quote from the movie where Trevor says:

“Some people are too scared or something to think things can be different. The world’s not exactly…shit. I guess it’s hard for some people who are so used to things the way they are – even if they are bad – to change and they kinda give up and when they do, everybody loses.”

P.S. Movie added to cinema corner 🙂


  1. Jas · November 1, 2012

    We can certainly start small and let it flow. good thoughts.

  2. ashreyamom · November 1, 2012

    i saw this concept in one of the telugu movies acted by chiranjeevi. i think the movie name is stalin.

    • kismitoffeebar · November 1, 2012

      Must watch it then 🙂 I have heard of the name I think, but haven’t gotten round to watching it!

  3. Atrocious Scribblings · November 1, 2012

    Going to watch it – seems interesting.

  4. Privy Trifles · November 1, 2012

    Sounds interesting!!

    BTW loved that illustration you drew. We all can surely make a humble beginning somewhere and let it grow 🙂

    • kismitoffeebar · November 1, 2012

      True Privy! do watch it if you can 🙂

    • kismitoffeebar · November 1, 2012

      The illustration is based on the movie. There is a similar drawing in it 🙂

  5. Pesto Sauce · November 1, 2012

    Sounds like a well made film, will watch if it comes around

    • kismitoffeebar · November 1, 2012

      Hey Pesto sauce! 🙂

      Welcome here. Cool name!
      I hope you enjoy the movie! 🙂

  6. Destination Infinity · November 1, 2012

    Maybe you can start doing something good to me. For example, you can send a few non-fiction books you have via courier (all courier and any import duties paid :P) to me. C’mon start!!!!! 🙂

    Destination Infinity

    • kismitoffeebar · November 5, 2012

      Sure! 🙂 I can always send e-books if nothing 😛

  7. Bikramjit Singh Mann · November 1, 2012

    well well well NOW this is beautiful , I beleive in this for sure a little good and pass it on.. and slowly it will have a great effect..

    Same as I talk of our great nation we just need a few people to start doing good and slowly it will spread .. I have seen the movie 🙂

    thank you for sharing ..

    • kismitoffeebar · November 5, 2012

      True Bikram! 🙂 Many are doing it. I guess, we need ot pass it on more!

  8. Roshni · November 1, 2012

    It’s a very interesting concept, which has been alive for many years! The holidays brings the tempo up considerably, especially around Christmas! If it were kept up throughout the year, then we would definitely see change!!

    • kismitoffeebar · November 5, 2012

      Yes, I agree with the holidays bringing up the tempo and the spirit of the festivals is such. You nailed it when you mentioned the need for consistency! 🙂

  9. Little Fingers · November 1, 2012

    Sound very interesting 🙂

  10. Amit · November 2, 2012

    I have heard about this movie from a few bloggers. Time to watch it. 🙂

    • kismitoffeebar · November 5, 2012

      Go for it Amit. Nothing too novel but simple and nice 🙂

  11. The Girl Next Door · November 2, 2012

    Very interesting concept! I would love to watch this movie someday!
    Thanks so much for the reco.

    • kismitoffeebar · November 5, 2012

      You are welcome TGND ! Hope you enjoy the movie 🙂

  12. greenboochi · November 2, 2012

    Lovely idea.. if only we start doing this right away and others also follow our suit.. Will watch the movie for sure when it comes up 🙂

  13. Visha · November 2, 2012

    I first read about this concept in Reader’s Digest. It was illustrated with the help of a cab driver and a cabbie. Beautiful idea – of making the world a better place to live.

    Movie added to my movies-I-have-to-watch bucket list 😉

  14. chattywren · November 2, 2012

    Nice post, a great concept! thanks for the recco, will definitely watch this movie.

    • kismitoffeebar · November 5, 2012

      Welcome Chattywren! 🙂
      Hope you enjoy the movie 🙂

  15. Divya · November 5, 2012

    I like this post 🙂 It is indeed very similar to what I just wrote 🙂 Hope you do become a part of the Your Turn Now! initiative 🙂 🙂

    • kismitoffeebar · November 5, 2012

      Hey Divya, welcome here!
      Thanks so much 🙂 I sure will!

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