Has everyone seen the movie “Pay It Forward?” A young kid comes up with an idea for a school project to do a good thing for three other people: Three simple rules to this school assignment:
- #1 It has to be something that really helps people.
- #2 Something they can’t do by themselves.
- #3 I do it for them, they do it for three other people.
Today I am challenging everyone – including (and especially) myself! – to Do Something Extra Good Every Day. What this means it that I will try and go out of my way to do something extra nice for a person (preferably a stranger, and preferably anonymously.) If they ask me if they can repay me I will just ask them to pay it forward by doing something for someone else. If they don’t ask I won’t impose the pay it forward.
Below are a few ideas I’ve come up with. Some I can do, some I can’t – but others might be able to. I’d love to hear what experiences folks have or suggestions for Doing Good.
- Help a friend (or stranger) start a veggie garden. Bring the tools, and the plants or seeds to plant. Explain how to do things and help until the plant(s) or seeds are in the ground and watered. Explain how often to water, and when to know the food is ready to eat. (Many “given” plants die without being planted – because people who have never done it before are afraid they don’t know how to do it “right.”) My equivalent of “teaching a man (or woman) to fish.”
- In the grocery line, help someone searching for that “extra 50 cents or a $1” by giving them the funds.
- Anonymously drop off a plant on the doorstep of someone who loves plants.
- Let someone ahead of you in line at the store.
- Shovel a neighbors walk or drive when they are at work or before they wake up – don’t let them know you did it.
- Anonymously drop off a box of gently-used clothing for a family that could use it.
- Send a card to someone and sign it “from someone who thinks you are wonderful!
- Sew a “period” pad for a girl in Africa
- Send money to a food program to feed those who are in need (HERE is one option.)