I did my good deed for the day. I can’t go into detail without perhaps painting a competitor in a bad light, so I won’t. Suffice it to say, I did something that will barely benefit me, but will help a competitor (and all my peers/customers/friends who deal with this competitor) avoid a potentially bad situation.
Why did I do it? Well, mostly for the peers/customers/friends, whom I like and respect very much. Many of them have helped me in the past. And maybe, too, I did it ’cause I still believe that baby steps change the world. Reaching out and helping someone—even someone traditionally considered “the enemy”—can be empowering. I feel good. Nothing like a bit of altruism to get my brain neurons all worked up in that “warm and fuzzy” sort of way. I sometimes contemplate what the world would be like if everyone acted selflessly. Or at least, a bit more so.
One of the bead stores where I teach has a document displayed in the employee area, encouraging workers to go out and smile and make someone’s day. Such good advice. On this dreary, snowy day in March, I humbly ask you to do the same. Make someone grin today, or help a person you wouldn’t normally help. I’m not a blind idealist. I know that some recipients won’t appreciate your gesture. But I hope you’ll try again. Because most people DO like it when others make them feel good, and perhaps, they in turn will make someone else’s day. Small flaps of a butterfly’s wings, rippling around the world.
Oh, and P.S. Don’t ask me via email for more details about my good deed, ’cause I won’t tell (and I’ll think less of you for asking, since I specifically said not to.) So don’t do it. Just get out there and do your own good deed.