I’ve been wracking my brain trying to put the words together for a post that inspires others to do small, maybe even tiny good deeds on a daily basis. Although it’s something I’m passionate about, I just didn’t want to sound cheesy so I’ve been waiting for the moment of inspiration to come.
Well, it finally came to me through an article of a fellow blogger. Aracelly Worley, of Day Tripping Mom, probably doesn’t even know who I am; despite that I’ve probably pitched her several times (can’t help it! I’m in PR!), but I love her blog. She helps parents find those fun and affordable places in California where families can enjoy time together.
She recently wrote an article for Moms LA where she shared how at only age 14 she was homeless. Through struggles and challenges her family recovered and she now is a blessed wife and mom.
She shares how next month she’ll be gathering up some girlfriends and making “blessing packs.” These packs include snacks, a small blanket, change, a phone card, toiletries and other small things. It might not solve their housing problems but I’m sure it can make life on the streets a tiny bit easier – but most of all, Aracely and her friends will be demonstrating how much love and compassion they have for people in that situation.
I’ll be reaching out to Aracely to see if The Orphaned Earring can contribute with something. I don’t have much but maybe I can sell enough bracelets to buy soap in bulk and help her out that way. I’ll keep you posted on her response in case you too want to contribute and help her with her “blessing packs.”
Doing good is easier than what most people think. It’s not how much money you give, how big the reward is or how many people you help in a day. Daily good deeds are small, maybe even unnoticed but very powerful. You know why? Because the biggest impact a good deed has is NOT on the receiver; the biggest impact is on the doer.
With practice and done regularly, it has the power to change your life. Your start viewing the world in a different way and you are aware of people around you – you stop living in a bubble!
Why is this important? Because this is a learned behavior, something you CHOOSE to learn, like tying your shoes! This means that the MORE you do it, the easier it gets and greater are the chances of others picking up this behavior and doing good too. Gosh, we humans are cool! No other creature in this earth has the ability and power to CHOOSE to do good.
I want my family and future kids to see doing good as a natural thing but for that I know I have to set the example first. Will you?
You might not have the time to help in the way Aracely is helping others but here are a few daily deeds you can practice and make this world a better place.
- Put the shopping cart back in place. Yeah, you know you’ve been cheating by leaving next to someone’s car.
- If you see something out of place that can potentially hurt someone, be the first to put it in place or out of harm’s way.
- Bake a cake for a co-worker’s birthday, just because.
- Make soup for a friend recovering from surgery or an illness
- Smile – one of my favorites!
- Hold the door for people behind you.
- Take family member’s kids out for the day – to the movies, museum, for a hike. The parents could probably use a break and the kids will love it.
- Drive your grandparents, elderly parents and their friends to church, doctor’s appointments or the movies. They (and their aging bodies) will value the gesture.
- Volunteer for a charity. Pick a cause that’s near and dear to your heart and donate your time to them.
- If you’re in line at the grocery store with a full cart, let the person behind you who only has 5-10 items go in front of you.
- Offer to take care of a neighbor’s pet when they go away on a small vacation. They’ll be comfortable knowing their pet is in good hands.
- Make dinner for friends that spent the day moving or have a newborn baby or going through a tough time.
- Donate blood. One single donation can help up to 4 people.
- Donate your used clothes and housewares to charity. By doing so, you can help people meet basic human needs.
- Take a CPR class. You never know when you might be in a position to put those life-saving skills into practice.
- Bring your old magazines to a hospital waiting room to make patients’ waits a little less nerve racking.
- Feed parking meters that you notice are about to expire.
- Next time you do your grocery shopping, pick up a large bag of cat or dog food to donate to a local animal shelter.
- Treat someone to a mani or pedi.
- If you have the space, host a movie night for 10 of your closet friends. Charge $5 admission, provide the popcorn, candy and drinks, and donate the money to a charity you all decide on such as The Orphaned Earring – not so subtle hint
Let me know what your favorite daily deeds are so I may share them with others and I’ll try to practice them too.