The Ripple Effect

paying it forward

The phrase pay it forward is older than most of us realize. Menander (339 BC -290 BC) wrote about the concept in his play Dyskolos.
As a Cosmetologist you will be in constant contact with people from all walks of life who will have all kinds of events going on in their lives. A lot of these clients will confide in you their troubles and their fears. Some you will be able to help, others you will only be able to lend a sympathetic ear. Over the last 25 years I have had many people share the most intimate of stories with me. I have helped people with addictions seek the help that they needed. I have shown support to clients who had dreams that would have never come true if not for someone believing in them. I have attended sporting events for my clients kids to show them how important it was to me that they succeeded and stayed out of trouble. A person can never know what impact they will have on peoples lives but as a Cosmetologist you are given a special gift and a unique opportunity to touch people in very special and meaningful ways. This is a prayer I found to be most helpful in my years behind the chair

Lord make me an instrument of your Peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, let me grant pardon
Where there is doubt, let me plant faith
Where there is despair, let me give hope
Where there is darkness, let me be a light
Where there is sadness, let me bring forth joy

You will be blessed by giving to those who can never pay you back. You are your brothers and sisters keeper. Paying it forward starts with one person doing something for someone else and expecting nothing back but to experience the joy of knowing you may have just made all the difference in the world for the person you gave to.

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