Flash it Forward

Published by Paul Hatcher on

You will have heard of ‘Pay it Forward’ I’m sure.

Well, ‘Flash it Forward’ is all about paying it forward whenever you are on the road.

I have been cycling around my local city of Brighton & Hove recently, and in this seemingly never-ending and glorious sunshine, it is a pure delight.

It always encourages me when a driver who could quite easily pull out to make a right or left turn actually waits in order for me to go by on my bike.

I try my best to acknowledge this with a little wave and then go merrily on my way. Sadly, there are not many occasions you can reciprocate when you are the cyclist.

In a car it is easier of course.

And this is the beauty of ‘Flash it Forward’.

Next time you are in a queue of slow-moving traffic (or even merely normal traffic!) take the earliest opportunity to let someone out of their junction and then wait to see what happens.

Typically, they will soon be presented with an opportunity themselves to ‘Flash it Forward’ and you will have the pleasure of knowing that your small piece of generosity or kindness in letting them in front of you has probably inspired and motivated them to do the same thing for someone else.

I say ‘Flash it Forward’ (as in flash your headlights of course!) but I am acutely aware that the Highway Code disapproves of this action, as it can easily be misinterpreted and cause confusion, even an accident.

So, if you prefer to ‘Wave it Forward’ please do so.

Flash or Wave – it all helps!

Finally, this pro-active way of helping others doesn’t have to be restricted to the road. You can do this in any way, shape or form you like.

Where would you like to start today? And then think about the potential ripple effect…


Paul Hatcher

I am at heart, a communicator. I love to use words, whether written or spoken and maximise those words to hopefully, bring some encouragement - literally, to put courage into the hearts & minds of those who read or hear them. In my work as an executive coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, I love also to listen...deeply, and then respond with some encouragement.