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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: http://www.quotegarden.com/helping.html
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