Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Good Deeds

Am I wrong?

I feel like I'm doing a good deed when:
  1. I use a shopping cart that is already sitting in the parking lot so that an employee doesn't have to bring it back to the store.
  2. I clean up the drips all over the sink at work so that the janitor doesn't have to clean them up.
  3. I wipe the nose of a child who isn't my own.
  4. I change the diaper of a child who isn't my own.
  5. I pick up someone else's trash off the floor of a public place.
  6. I laugh at a joke that is not funny.
  7. I don't laugh at a new mom who believes that her child must have all new clothes and toys and cannot accept gently worn hand-me-downs.
  8. I let my children win when we play games.
  9. I flush a toilet that someone else failed to flush. (Unless it's at my house and then I just feel frustration.)
  10. I make a new pot of coffee for the next person.
So, my point is that I probably shouldn't feel like these are "good deeds" so much as I should accept them as normal things that almost anyone else would do without considering it a selfless act. What do you think? What kinds of things do you do that you feel like are "good deeds"?


Angela said...

I hear you. Although, I won't pick up trash (germ thing) and I won't flush toilets (weak stomach). But the rest, I totally get and yes, I would consider it the sign of a good deed. I'm sure it should be selfless but I look at it more as doing the right thing.

Angie said...

I do almost all of those things too! (all but the diaper changing thing....are you kidding? Other parents' kids poop scary things).

Whenever I do stuff like that I call it my "good deed for the day".

Yep, we're amazing women. Other moms should take notice. :)

Theresa said...

Thanks girls!

Mary said...

When I let an Irvin (or Kurzy) believe they are right.

Anonymous said...

I consider them good deeds. We all know how frustrating when we see someone avoid/ignore these small courtesies. Remember ARK (Acts of Random Kindness) all these "little things add up to possible improving someone else's day. Paying the little bit of cash someone is short in a checkout line, letting someone merge on the freeway or get out of a parking lot in traffic, waiting for the other person to go first, waving someone to go ahead of you in line because your cart is overflowing and they have a couple of items... All of these things have brightened my day when I am the recipient, of course "paying it forward" is the best way to pass on the ARK. CAB