Paying it Forward - Fact or Fiction.
Have you ever noticed someone parked beside the road, most likely broke down? Is everyone flying by, rushing to their next piece of life? Sometimes you will see a Good Samaritan pulled over offering help. There’s a certain concept floating around, that if you help someone out of the goodness of your heart, it’s like putting money in the bank so to speak, money you will draw upon in the future in your own time of need. Often called, “paying forward” Sound about right, right. Well not really, if you’re just banking goodwill, then it’s not really out of the goodness of your heart.
Enough philosophy, “paying it forward” is alive and well in the boating world, and especially among cruisers. If you are a newbie to cruising or boating you may be hesitant to offer a helping hand, don’t be. The people in distress will appreciate the offer and may well be hoping someone would help them out. Help can be as simple as handling a dock line when they arrive to helping rebuild a balky pump, or giving a tow.
|Turn Point lighthouse on Stuart Island|
Last summer at the Matia Island dock in the San Juan's, a cruising couple appeared at our boat early in the morning while I was having coffee in the cockpit. They gave us a large chunk of warm carrot cake. It was delicious, hitting the spot perfect. Possibly I was receiving some interest on my account, what do you think?