Pay it Forward! (tribute to Trevor)

This blog post has nothing to do with running and I have no pictures for your entertainment. So here is my pre-apology to the entire 2 people that follow my blog. (you can’t say I didn’t warn you.)

My brother Trevor was the most caring person I have ever known. Trevor had the biggest heart in the entire world. He always wanted to help others. He never cared about material goods but he sure did care about the poor man on the side of the road that was begging for money, or the poor animals that have to live out in the cold during the winter. As big as Trevor’s heart was it is no wonder he was such a big kid. He seriously would have done anything for anyone. He was the most selfless person I have ever known.

Much like my previous love/hate post, I have a major love/hate relationship with Christmas. Why you might ask? Don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas! Really I do. I love the tree decorating, the gingerbread houses, Christmas goodies, and being around family. However each year around Christmas time I seem to get an empty feeling in my stomach. (and not because I’m hungry, although I am almost always hungry.) Much like the true example of my little brother I too feel so guilty and bad for all of the people that are struggling this time of year. All of the kids who miss out on opening presents on Christmas morning, the elderly who have no family to visit and no extra money for a nice meal, the homeless people living on the street, my employee who’s husband just lost his job, the single mom with three kids making minimum wages. All of these stories seriously do eat me up inside and I find myself loosing sleep at night wishing there were more I could do to help.

I don’t know about you but I personally know several people that could use some extra help this Holiday Season. Maybe it isn’t money or material goods they need. Maybe it is a phone call to the friend who just lost her husband, or maybe helping your grandparents shovel their snow. Maybe instead of buying your mom that stupid $20 gift card because she doesn’t really need anything and you don’t know what else to get her could go to the utah food bank and they could buy $140 worth of food with it for homeless families. Whatever it might be I am challenging you to PAY IT FORWARD!!

I am a firm believer that serving others is the greatest gift you can give yourself. Stop thinking about yourself and think outside the box. If you think you are having the worst day on earth because you had a flat tire, were late for work, and someone ate your donut…….think about the 17% of people in the United States living in poverty. Think about the young child that was born a meth addict and stricken to a life of poverty, or the first grader who’s family can’t afford to buy him a coat. The bottom line is so many people in the world need help. Your worries and problems might seem HUMONGOUS to you now. But if you take a step back and look at the bigger picture you will realize that your problems really aren’t as big as they seem. And I can promise you that if you serve others you will forget about yourself and your own problems. Your personal worries will seem so small you might forget about them entirely. So my challenge to you is to be more like my little brother Trevor and PAY IT FORWARD this Christmas season.