Have You Done Something Good In The World Today?

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There is a song that I love that goes like this:


Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.

Has anyone’s burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?


After reading the fantastic post put up by Liz & Bill Spear, I felt the need to reflect on my actions of the day. Had I helped someone? Had I helped to fill the needs of someone that could not help themselves? Had I made life better for those around me? 

It does not need to be something huge, or some grand gesture to let the world know how good and wonderful you are, that defeats the purpose. Charity and honest affection for your fellow human beings is not about who can make the biggest splash and get noticed the most by doing good deeds. It is about the quiet moments of kindness and simple, unacknowledged goodness that make a life better because it was touched by them.

It's about lifting those around you when they are too weary to take another step, be it physical or emotional. It's about taking a moment to talk to that kid at the pool that drives everyone crazy by asking a million questions. . . . probably because he's lonely. Or about smiling at the massive, scary, tattooed biker guy in the gas station aisle even though your knees turn to jelly. . . . because maybe he's having a rough day and could use a friendly smile. (Yes, big, scary biker dudes have bad days too!) Or maybe it's paying for the car behind you at the drive through at Arby's, or dropping off some school supplies at a local charity.

It's does not really matter what you do, so long as you just do it. And sorry, but this is not a "it's the thought that counts" type of deal.

Actions speak volumes louder than words. What do your actions say about you? 

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Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

I would hope so.  Maybe nothing greater than making someone feal glad, but then isn't that what we're here for?

Aug 23, 2010 05:36 PM #9
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC


Yeah, you're right; in today's busy world, I sometimes usually don't take the time.

Aug 23, 2010 05:50 PM #10
Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI
Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE - Carmel, IN
Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert

We are all in this together.  It taks such a small amount of time and effort to show someone a kindness----and it is not just good for the person on the receiving end!  Good for the giver too!!

Aug 23, 2010 05:55 PM #11
Joe Harvey
Lake Worth Real Estate - Lake Worth, FL

I agree with Andrew 100%. After spending time with my best friends kids all weekend "Uncle Joe" was barraged with questions that he gladly answered as he has to face 365 days worth of questions in one weekend. It seemed annoying at first until I realized that they had a lot to ask me and lots of questions about stories they hear from dad and wanted to inquire about themselves. I sat back and faced the firing squad comprised of a 3 year old girl and an 8 year old boy for a little over 8 hours. Their energy amazed me and had I not realized why they were so inquisitive I would have been severely aggravated by the hundreds of questions they asked. Perspective is everything!!

Aug 24, 2010 02:30 AM #12
Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Bill - You are most welcome, and thanks for pointing everyone in the direction of those posts! They are very much worth the read! ;) It's not about doing a lot or a little, it's about lending a hand when possible, and I'm pretty sure you have the part right. ;)

Aug 24, 2010 09:15 AM #13
Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Darren - It's one of mine too! "A blessing of duty and love" is the finishing line of that verse, and it's so completely true. ;)

Aug 24, 2010 09:18 AM #14
Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Tish - Thank you! :) I have noticed that something as simple as a quick smile at the person behind you in the line at the grocery store changes everything. (I say person because, as my mother always says, I have as of yet to meet a stranger :) If you smile, the time goes quickly and the people in line behind you don't mind the wait. . . however, frowning at them causes an entirely different, and not so pleasant, reaction. ;)


Aug 24, 2010 09:25 AM #15
Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Paige - I can honesty say that if I do something that makes someone else's day better, it makes my own feel completely worthwhile. . . . . And having said that, I do need to remind myself sometimes that God says to love everyone. . . No matter how much you don't want to! ;)

Aug 24, 2010 09:31 AM #16
Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Marchel - Your Mom sounds like a pretty awesome person. ;) And she is completely right, you can be the most beautiful person in the world, but if you act like a snot to everyone it does not matter what your face looks like. 

Aug 24, 2010 09:37 AM #17
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

You have done something good for me today and I thank you! :O)

Aug 24, 2010 09:56 AM #18
Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Andrew - Having been that annoying kid at the pool, I can tell you that a little kindness and compassion does go a long way. ;)

Aug 24, 2010 10:11 AM #19
Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Tony - That's exactly what we are here for! ;)

Terry - It's so easy to get so completely involved in what you are doing that you shut out everyone else. Stop and smell the roses once in a while, it's good for you! Just don't forget to thank the gardener while you are at it. ;)

Pat - It think that there is a saying, "it is better to give than receive." But it actually works wonders on both ends. ;)

Joe - Awesome job Joe! There are few things better in the world than improving the mind of a child. . . . One of which, would be taking the time to show them you care about them. Besides, kids are just so cool! ;) 

Joni - You are most welcome! And since your thanks made my day brighter, thanks! to you too! ;)

Aug 24, 2010 10:18 AM #20
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

This has been a day of irrational requests and tech glitches ... but later on tonight I'll be walking my dog in the park, so yes, I will do something good today!

Aug 24, 2010 10:23 AM #21
Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

John - LOL! I'm sure that your dog will very much appreciate the attention and exercise, besides spending time with pets definitely counts as something good! ;)

Aug 24, 2010 10:36 AM #22
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties

Phly, this is a truly beautiful post and for me it so captures what my heart must do each day. I wish I had the money and strength to help the more needy but I do not. If and when I do, I will. For now, I do what I can by helping people around me and in real estate. My clients are sweet, good people and I do the best job I can to help them. Some are sad and losing their homes. They are suffering from the emotional trama of loss of their security and comfort.

AngelsI help the homeless when I can by picking them up and taking them to one of the shelters. It is so small a thing in their desperate fight to survive. I cry each time that I cannot do more. A young girl stands in the cold rain with a sign for help. Taking her to a shelter seems so lacking. My son was homeless for a while and so each time I help another, I feel like I am making up for those who helped my son.

You pose a wonderful question to us all and one that we each need to think of each and every day. Is there some new way that we can be thoughtful and reach out to help another. I've been meaning to look in on my neighbor....think I will make that happen today.

Thank you for a heartfelt post that touched me deeply! Lovely!

Aug 25, 2010 01:43 AM #23
Home Loan Search.Online
Home Loan Search Online - Newnan, GA

Thanks for the excellent post. It definitely gives me a fresh perspective to start my day,

Aug 25, 2010 02:07 AM #24
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

With all the doom and gloom still in the news, if everyone would read this post and do something, anything, to help someone else, I bet we could get out of this economy. Of course, then what would the news have to report?

Aug 25, 2010 04:37 AM #25
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

Phly: Helping raise someones spirit or helping in some way is rewarding for both the giver and recipient.


Aug 25, 2010 04:41 AM #26
Jason Channell
Diadem Property Inspections - Serving Southeast Michigan - Troy, MI
The House Sleuth

Phly, I it so easy to lose focus. Thanks for the perspective and the re-focus. I am so blessed to be in a career that lets me help people out in so many different ways.

And when I've been knocked down and ready to be counted out, I've been blessed by many people I didn't even know... people who were just looking to make the world a little better through their acts of kindness.

Aug 25, 2010 04:51 AM #27
Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Jeanean - Thank you! ;) It's so heartbreaking to see people that are homeless and in dire straights. I try to stop and get them something to eat when I see one, so that way they at least have a full stomach. I had a sociology professor in college tell me never to give out money,(it usually goes to drugs or alcohol instead of food or shelter) but to give food or clothing instead. Shelters are not always the best looking of places but they do try hard to make sure that people's needs are met. Directing them to a "soup kitchen" is another way to go as well. Just be careful about giving the rides, ok? Your heart is in the right place, but unfortunately not all people are as kind as you. I don't ever give anyone I don't know extremely well a ride, (a young mom and a 4 year old little girl + a stranger is not the best of ideas) but I do give great directions and occasionally bus tickets. ;)

W. - Perspective is the glue that keeps our lives together. I'm happy to have been able to give you some! ;)

Russel - LOL! You are so right! Sometimes I wonder is the news was invented by the companies that manufacture anti-depressant drugs. . . . or the candy/snack food companies! ;)

Ty - Give the man a million dollars, because he hit the bulls-eye! ;) I never feel better about myself than when I've just spent time helping someone else. Having a crummy day? Lend someone a helping hand and see what happens! ;)

Jason - Focus? And what is that? ;) I'm the queen of absentmindedness, so I totally understand! (I just now found my keys. . . I have been looking for them since yesterday morning :(. . . but that's kind normal for me!) It is how you act when you are laying flat on the bottom staring up at the far off top of the water that defines you. Being able to accept help gracefully (or at all for that matter) is not a sign of weakness, but one of good character and intelligence. Turning around and holding out a hand to those below you, now that's what makes someone something exceptionally special. ;)

Aug 25, 2010 06:31 AM #28
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