Paying It Forward

This year, my GM had wanted to give everyone in the office something different. Something more personalized. This year, she gave us 10 promise cards. What are these promise cards and how did it start?

Because I said I would is a social movement and nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering humanity through the power of a promise. To encourage positive change and acts of kindness, we send “promise cards” to anywhere in the world at no cost. People use these cards to remember the importance of their word, for promises both big and small. We have sent over 150,000 promise cards to over 48 different countries by request only.

How it started… (from the above website) My dad was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer on July 4th, 2011. The disease spread. On September 4th, 2012 my father passed away. Like any son, want to remember the best of my father, but he was nothing particularly press worthy. He wasn’t an award winning author. He never met the President. He was no war hero. But what my dad did do was keep a promise. If he said he was going to do it, it would certainly be done. Too often we make promises, little and big, that we do not honor. It becomes easy to say “I’ll get to it” or “tomorrow.” I want to remember my Dad and the promises he kept. I want to help others remember their commitments.

It’s just like paying it forward.

So what did our GM wrote? Below is the actual card.
Yoko's Card

I thought the whole idea is a very noble cause as it pushes us forward to be a better person, daughter, friend, employee etc. I just can’t describe the feeling. You just have to watch the video below to understand what I’m saying.

So, how are you paying it forward?


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