The A.R.K. Philosophy: Paying it Forward

A simple act of kindness can mean so much not just for the people involved but for the world as it teaches us that the greatest gifts in the world cannot be measured or counted. If you do not know what A.R.K. Stands for then let me tell you…Acts of Random Kindness. The best example of this teaching is Pay it Forward where a child helps one person that then continues the chain unknowingly helping many with his one act. In reality many without knowing it commit one of these acts just by giving a smile or look of kindness, giving money or food to a random person on the street, defending a complete stranger, and many more. It is not the act itself, but the intention behind the act that makes it so powerful. This page I hope inspires you to find ways to commit your own act of kindness that will inspire the world to follow in your footsteps.

Pay it Forward Day April 25th!

Blaze a trail and let your light shine:
Paying it Forward: An Explanation
Pay it Forward Day
25 Ways to Pay it Forward
5 Creative Ways to Pay it Forward
60 Selfless Ways to Pay it Forward
Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
Spread Kindness Foundation
Pay it Forward Resources and People
If you know of other great resources then pay it forward by emailing me at

“A life lived for others, is the only life worth living.” Albert Einstein

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” Mother Teresa

“The only time you should look down at someone, is when you are helping them up.” Jesse Jackson

“If you have much, give your wealth; if you have little, give your heart.” Anonymous

“You may be only one person in this world, but to one person at one time, you are the world.” Anonymous

“There are two way to live your life. One as though nothing is a miracle, the other as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein

Your greatness is measured by your kindness; your education and intellect by your modesty; your ignorance is betrayed by your suspicions and prejudices, and your real caliber is measured by the consideration and tolerance you have for others. William J.H. Boetcker (1873-1962)
Religious Leader, Influential Public Speaker

When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace. The 14th Dalai Lama (1935) Head Monk Of The Gelugpa Lineage Of Tibetan Buddhism

We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.
Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) Comedic Actor, Filmmaker, Writer

To be rich in admiration and free from envy, to rejoice greatly in the good of others, to love with such generosity of heart that your love is still a dear possession in absence or unkindness – these are the gifts which money cannot buy. Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Essayist, Poet, Novelist

Those who make compassion an essential part of their lives find the joy of life. Kindness deepens the spirit and produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. It is an experience more powerful than words. To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things and feel new feelings. Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. It is a philosophy of the spirit. Robert J. Furey Author

There are realities we all share, regardless of our nationality, language, or individual tastes. As we need food, so do we need emotional nourishment: love, kindness, appreciation, and support from others. We need to understand our environment and our relationship to it. We need to fulfill certain inner hungers: the need for happiness, for peace of mind — for wisdom. Swami Kriyananda [J. Donald Walters] (1926) Author, Founder Of Ananda

The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness. Maya Angelou (1928) Poet, Dancer, Producer, Playwright, Director, Author

Life is mostly froth and bubble; Two things stand like stone: Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in our own. Adam Lindsay [Lionel Gordon] Gordon (1833-1870) Poet

In life you can never be too kind or too fair; everyone you meet is carrying a heavy load. When you go through your day expressing kindness and courtesy to all you meet, you leave behind a feeling of warmth and good cheer, and you help alleviate the burdens everyone is struggling with. Brian Tracy (1944) Motivational Author

I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go. Rachel Joy Scott (1981-1999) Student, First Victim Of The Columbine High School Massacre

I have never met a person whose greatest need was anything other than real, unconditional love. You can find it in a simple act of kindness toward someone who needs help. There is no mistaking love…it is the common fiber of life, the flame that heats our soul, energizes our spirit and supplies passion to our lives. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926-2004) Psychiatrist, Author

I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. William Penn (1644-1718) Founder Of Pennsylvania, United States

How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment. We can start now, start slowly, changing the world. How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make a contribution toward introducing justice straightaway. And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness! Anne Frank (1929-1945) Diarist

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. Diana Spencer (1961-1997) Princess Of Wales

No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves. Amelia Earhart

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the and the blind can see. Mark Twain

Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profundity. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao-Tse

Don’t wait for people to be friendly, show them how. Author Unknown

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns. Marc Estrin

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. Robert Brault

If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. Bob Hope

Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. H.H. the Dalai Lama

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. Theodore Rubin

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