What people might not know about the Jewish people is that we have many Jewish values. One of these values is called Chessed or kindness. What Meir Kay did in this video is EXACTLY that.
The World Stands Upon Kindness
God wants people to strive to reach new levels of kindness. In Ethics of the Fathers, which is filled with Jewish values, Shimon the Righteous mentions 3 things that the world stands on, one of those things being acts of kindness.
To do acts of kindness, we must give. Meir Kay decided to set up a “pay it forward booth” for one reason only: to brighten people’s days. That is a completely selfless act. He gave flowers, packages for others to give to homeless people, and even cards to send to loved ones. The point was to pay it forward – for the recipients to then turn into the givers.
Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
Sometimes, it can feel uncomfortable to stand in the middle of New York City and give to strangers. Stepping out of your comfort zone can allow giving to become more natural. Meir Kay fearlessly went and did everything from handing people flowers to paying for their subway rides. His only request to the recipient of his kind deeds was to then “pay it forward” to someone else.
As Meir says in the beginning of his video, “No good deed is too small.”
Kindness Breaks All Barriers
Mark Twain once said, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Kindness breaks through all barriers, and it’s just a beautiful thing.
So let’s all try a little harder to “pay it forward.”