Go on – Bounce It Forward

Bounce It Forward is based on the philosophy of the pay it forward idea: no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

The idea behind Bounce It Forward is to encourage people to become consciously aware of the effect that their words and actions have on one another – how they impact someone’s confidence, self-worth, attitude and ability to play an active part in the world around them.

The aim is to create a global society of compassionate people who consciously make an effort to walk the talk each and every day – spreading kindness, making a difference to people’s lives and putting a whopping great smile on their faces. It could be as simple as a smile, opening a door, or just listening. It’s all about supporting one another on the roller coaster of life so we’re more able to bounce back from the curveballs that knock us down.

Reflect for a moment on the euphoria that swept England during the Olympics and New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup last year. The dynamic effect of the collective energy was out of this world. Competitors reciprocated their support for one another’s achievements and spectators cheered for every nation. Just imagine the kind of world we could create if we adopt the same attitude toward one another on a day-to-day basis.

Rather than having a Random Acts of Kindness Day each year, the organisers of Bounce It Forward want New Zealand to lead the way with acts with kindness every day, and to be an inspiration to the rest of the world.

To get the ball rolling, they need a company/group/individual to sponsor a load of balls, which will be distributed around New Zealand for people to buy and “bounce forward” to a person who shows them an act of kindness. They want every educational organisation to have access to the balls so that children learn and integrate the principles on a day-to-day basis.

Any profits would be invested in a Trust to keep the momentum bouncing forward. In time, the funds could be distributed to every country in the world to aid a sustainable project that helps people and the planet flourish.

So start thinking now about ways that you can Bounce It Forward and get the ball rolling.

Provided by Philippa Ross, of Cherish Wellbeing www.cherishwellbeing.co.nz Philippa will be speaking at a holistic learning conference in Nelson on the weekend of April 13/14 – see http://holisticlearning.weebly.com/holistic-learning-conference.html#/ for details

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