A good deed, when was the last time you did a good deed? I would like to tell you that I do one each day. But, sadly, that’s not true. I do seize the opportunity when it is presented, but it’s not on the forefront of my daily thoughts. When I do something good, it makes me really happy. When a stranger does something nice for me, it restores my faith in humanity. And it inspires me to “pay it forward”. Your kids will start thinking about good deeds if they see you doing a good deed. It’s contagious.
So far, I haven’t done as much as I can with my kids, but there is one thing I do. When it comes to toys they don’t play with or clothes they’ve grown out of, they’re happy to part with them. This started years ago when my daughter was about 2. I was packaging up some stuff to give to “the less fortunate”. I was telling her how they were going to be so happy to have these things. A month or so later she came out of her room with a handful of items.
Lou – “Mom, these are for Les.”
Me – “Ummm, OK. Who is Les?”
Lou – “You know, Les Fortunate.”
Me – “Aha, sounds good. Ms. Fortunate will be so very grateful.”
Well, to this day, she’ll come to me with stuff for Les, and my son does too now. It always makes me smile.
I hope I’ve inspired you to do a good deed…today. It’s contagious, You’ll see…do one good deed today and I’m sure you’ll have a bit more pep in your step. There’s really no better way to start your week. Oh, and make sure you put aside some stuff for Les, she’ll really appreciate it!