This message falls under the magically delicious category.
If you’re up for it…here’s a quick challenge which will produce a big win in just 7 days.
Keep reading…you’ll be glad you did.
Reciprocity is defined as a mutual exchange.
It simply explains that when someone gives you something or does something for you, that you feel an obligation to give back and return the favor.
Serial reciprocity is exactly what one might expect — a series of sequential exchanges between parties.
This set of exchanges is unique because they do not occur between two people in a closed quid pro quo arrangement.
Instead, serial reciprocity is “when people repay the benefits they have received — for example, from a parent, friend, mentor, anonymous stranger, or a previous generation — by providing benefits to a third party, someone other than their original benefactor”.
Serial reciprocity differs from other forms of reciprocity because the original donor or volunteer does not receive anything tangible, measurable or immediate in return for his or her initial good deed.
I define serial reciprocity as, “the principle that says we should repay the good works and contributions done for us by the good works and contributions we, in turn, do for others”.
Thus, in serial reciprocity, individuals “pay it forward” instead of paying it back.
Are You Up for a Quickie?
I’d like you to join me in what I’m calling the 7 Day Do Good Challenge.
Your task is to engage in seven days of random acts of benevolence.
The objective is to positively and significantly impact the lives of seven or more people over the next seven days.
It’s huge. Your reward will be the good feeling that comes from helping another person and in nurturing benevolent acts in others.
HERE ARE THE RULES
1. For each of the next seven days, identify a person or group of people whom you would like to help.
* You can choose one person for each of the seven days, and you can also recruit others to participate in the challenge with you.
2. Be intentional and think of a special act of benevolence that you would like to do for this person.
3. Be creative, use your melon, and think of ways to use your time, talents or special gifts to blow someone’s mind, or simply put a beautiful smile on their face.
4. Remain anonymous.
5. Leave a note for the beneficiary of your benevolence. Ask them to “Pay it Forward” and do a good deed for someone else. (This part is key)
Why Should You Participate?
Serial reciprocity is of critical importance on four accounts.
The first, and most obvious, is that it widens the circle of giving, allowing recipients to become givers by doing good deeds for another.
Second, the deeds of these “new” givers perpetuate benevolent action and ensure its place in society.
Third, serial reciprocity is essential to the transmission of benevolent values from one generation to the next.
Finally, the ultimate test of the impact of YOUR LIFE is twofold…whether the world YOU leave behind is qualitatively different from that which YOU inherited…and what contribution YOU made to that change.
Therefore by participating in the 7 Day Do Good Challenge, you are helping to make the world a better place and inspiring others to do the same.
I hope that by sharing this understanding of serial reciprocity and by offering it as a challenge, that it illuminates benevolent motives in people throughout the world.
If everyone who reads this message chooses to participate in this challenge, the net result will be a positive deposit into the lives of millions of people.
I believe that once people recognize the importance of serial reciprocity and consider its implications, it becomes difficult to imagine daily life without engaging in random acts of benevolence.
So what are you waiting for?
Use this form to begin your 7 Day Do Good Challenge today…and be sure to pass this message on to everyone in your address book.
Gary Ryan Blair