Are You a Good Deed Doer?

The Gift that Always Gives Back

In the Wizard of Oz, the Wizard explains to Dorothy and friends… “Back where I come from there are men who do nothing all day but good deeds. They are called phila…er, phila…er, yes, er, Good Deed Doers.” As a young person watching this movie, I was far more interested in the scary monkeys and the horse of a different color than the possibility of becoming a “Good Deed Doer”. The best part about getting older has been realizing the world does not revolve around my needs and feeling good about it.

About fifteen years ago, while living in Houston, Texas and feeling an absence of purpose, I volunteered to work with children who had experienced physical or sexual abuse. After going through a background check and training, I learned asking questions as to the whereabouts of the children once they left the center was not allowed. Frankly, their whereabouts were none of my business, but not being able to say goodbye ended up being harder than I expected, for my heart had been touched. I began to understand the beauty of caring for a perfect stranger and it totally changed my carefree, self-centered life.If you are already involved in giving back to others through your community, church or on a personal level, you understand the emotional fulfillment it brings.

The Houston experience was my first serious dedication to helping others and I continue to be even more passionate about it today, for being a “Good Deed Doer” truly is the gift that gives back.I now find myself always looking for the opportunity to help, even in small ways-holding a door open for someone, smiling and making eye contact with strangers, helping a senior citizen who needs it, making a phone call to say hello to long distance friends and the list goes on. These things are simple and free, but they make a difference when they come unexpectedly and honestly. If being of service in any small way is still on your bucket list, please don’t hesitate… your heart will surely thank you. I have learned that an honest appreciation from another human or even an animal, allows both the giver and receiver to experience the positive energy it creates, and it can be an unforgettable experience.

Thank goodness aging brings with it insight that helps to make sagging skin and wrinkles seem less important. For me, when my egocentric youth vanished, humility took its place and has been a much better friend, for it is balancing and makes it easier to live a purposeful life. Even though the Wizard of Oz had his own shortcomings, he did remind us, “A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others."

I found these lovely quotes and hope you enjoy them:

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love. ~Mother Teresa

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank

The purpose of life is not to be happy - but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make somedifference that you have lived at all. ~Leo Rosten

Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful. ~Author Unknown

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him. ~Albert Schweitzer

The Beatles "All You Need is Love"

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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

Hi Pickles, I vote this one UP. We should all try to do at least ONE good deed a day. I love you choice of video, too. I loved the Beatles. They wrote some pretty profound music. This Hub is similar to the one I wrote about an old lady just wanting one more tomorrow to do the things she should have done, but didn't. Check it out when you have the time. Good to see you again....

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picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

I did check it out and loved it. Thanks for the comment!

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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

Thanks for reading that one, pickles.

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KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Voted up and beautiful, this hub is so true! :) I used to help to feed homeless people at the Salvation Army shelter, and it was heartbreaking to see entire families affected by homelessness... but good to help them to have a good meal, too. :)

Linda Morgan 5 years ago

Very inspirational! Thanks for reminding me that volunteering is as much about the one who gives as it is about the one who receives! :)

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picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thanks Linda!

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Eliza57 5 years ago

I also voted up and beautiful. I have heard from my Mom about the abused children at the Houston Hospital many years ago when my cousin was in accident and ended up there. My Mom saw kids that got burned by cigarettes all over their body. There was one or two she just about brought home. This piece was very moving. Since getting older I have been doing a lot more good deeds, maybe trying to makeup for not doing so many during my school years. Keep up the great work Shelia, my friend.

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picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thanks very much Eliza 57. So glad you felt it's intent.

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub so touching from beginning to end and I have to vote up.

Thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful day.

Take care


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picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Thanks very much Eiddwen! I appreciate you taking the time to check it out.

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susan54 5 years ago

VOTE UP! Picklesandrufus you are a great person. I like your hub!

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picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thanks so much Susan!

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kellymom1970 5 years ago

Picklesandrufus, You are very kind! what a great hub. Vote up!

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picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thank you Kellymom. I really appreciate your support.

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howtojunkies 5 years ago

i wish you were my mom. god bless

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picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

what a nice compliment! thanks howtojunkies

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DREAM ON 4 years ago

Now this is a hub I would go on every day to remind myself there is always another way to help someone.I also forgot it works both ways.For the giver and the reciever.We all get busy in our lives but we tend to forget a good deed costs nothing.The rewards are endless.A priceless hub that you wrote wonderfully.Rated up and I love to hear about Good Deed Doers.I once gave a homeless man my gloves.I knew he would probably keep them longer and take better care and enjoy them more.It wasn't long before I bought another pair but I got to experience what it was like to have my hands real cold.I didn't like it one bit.Usually I lose one glove or misplace my gloves but now I have had them until I wore them out.Lesson learned.Thanx for sharing and most of all caring.

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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Thank you so much for this wonderful comment Dream On. Walking a mile in another man's shoes is an immediate lesson in empathy. Thanks for stopping by!!

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Right on with the mention of humility! Once I get out of myself my life is much more enjoyable and rewarding. Thumbs up for a great hub!

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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thanks Billybuc! I think your statement holds true universally. Really appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

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DREAM ON 4 years ago

I sometimes forget how important both people feel.The good deed doer because he feels he wants to make a difference no matter if someone knows or not.The person your helping who unexpectedy receives the help they need.Both people walk away forever changed in so many ways.Thanx for sharing and voted up ,up,up.

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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

You are so right, Dream On! The surprise for the giver is that s/he gets a gift right back!

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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

It is very important for our young ones to know and practice courtesy, really use courtesy and being thoughtful in public as much as possible every single day. Especially when commuting in public transportation, our children- teens and young adults should be ready to give in his/her seat to an elderly commuter or even a pregnant woman. I find myself getting up for these people who needs to find a seat to show an example to the young ones who pretend to see nothing or notice anything. And there are more...the list goes on...

One thing that really makes me happy, is feeling good for the good gestures done to others. One will instantly feel lightness in her/his heart and if that person gives you back a smile and a "thank you", you will feel great. Saintly acts give back rewards. The One Above is watching.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Thanks for stopping by Coffinmyrice! I agree with you totally. Giving always gives back! I appreciate your comment.

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B. Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up, Useful, Interesting, Beautiful, true, and shared with followers and on social networking sites.

Mother Theresa also said, "Love cannot remain by itself--it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service. Whatever forms we are--able or disabled, rich or poor, young or old, it is not how much we do but how much love we put into the doing; a lifelong sharing of love with others."

Jesus taught love of neighbor. The question is ever how best manifest love through attitude and action in this right now circumstance? A kind and encouraging word? A helping hand? An attentive listen? Another chance? A grateful thank you?

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