A friend posted a video of people doing things for other people. The video was of little things that people were doing for others, often strangers. Then, a third-party, who saw the good deed, would then go out and do something for someone else … and it kept happening over and over again. I guess it’s a variation on the theme of pay it forward except here they were doing good deeds because they saw someone do something for someone else.
I was mesmerized by the video. That’s my mantra – give love and you will get it back! Do something for someone and it will come back two-fold.
What I really want to say today is DO. Do, do, do. Do something every day for someone else. Give someone you don’t know a hand, bring in their grocery cart (one of my favorites – as I am at the grocery store three times a day!), hold a door, give someone you love a card (got one yesterday!), chat with someone in the line at the store, smile at them, admire their coat, their hair color … anything.
We can’t take anything with us when we leave this earth. Absolutely nothing. All that is left is what we’ve done for others, the things we say, our gestures, the hugs, the kisses, the love we give out. It never fails to amaze me how fantastic it feels to do for people and how wonderful it is to have someone do for me.
As you can imagine (hear the groans from my kids!) we (I) talk about this topic all the time. Here are some of the basic guides that we’ve come up with for our family and for life:
1. Nice people do nice things for others – and they do them all the time.
2. Be a true believer in random acts of kindness.
3. Live life by sharing your love with others.
4. Do one thing nice every day for someone else. Look for those opportunities. Pretty soon it will become such a habit that you won’t even think twice about it. When that happens change to two nice things for two people.
5. Treat everyone – I mean everyone – with respect … no matter how they treat you.
Yesterday I shared with the kids (and now with you) another one of my favorite quotes:
“Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.” Buddha
DO – something today and this weekend!