There must be something about me that makes people ask me for directions. My friendly face? My look of confidence like I know where I’m going? Who knows, but it happens to me a lot.
Today there were lots of people from out of town driving and walking around Kansas City, and a lot of them did not know where they were going. I gave directions to probably six different people throughout the day.
It’s always easy to spot a lost person. The pause at a street corner, the annoyance of whoever they’re with, and the second guessing. That’s when I stop and say, “Are you looking for something?”
This was kind of anit-climatic for my last “good deed” of the project. But it also is exemplatory. You see someone in need, and you go out of your way to help them. You take something you’re good at, in my case knowledge of Kansas City streets, and put it to use for others.
Good deed before 8:00 am? Yes, it is possible.
Today I bought a paper from one of the kind Rotary members standing in the rain selling them to benefit the Rotary Club Youth Camp for disabled children. For the past 22 years Rotary Club No. 13 sells papers on opening day of the Royals to benefit children’s charities.
The lede to the article reads, “Buy a paper, help a kid. It’s that simple.” Yes, yes it is.
Oh, and go Royals!
Tonight’s good deed was bidding in the Corporate Spelling Bee Auction to benefit Literacy Kansas City.
I only planned to go and support my fellow Hallmarkers compete in the bee. But, I must have had one too many glasses of wine, because I ended up with a beautiful David Yurman bracelet too.
If you aren’t familiar with Literacy Kansas City, they are a non-profit organization that helps adults in the KC area learn to read. You can read more about them here: http://www.literacykc.org/.
It was such a fun night. Congratulations to the Hallmark spellers and their impressive fourth place finish!
Some things are just designed to share, like a Twix bar. Today’s good deed was sharing my other twix with a friend.
After I did this, I realized there are lots of things I share every day. Today I also shared an interesting lecture I saw on Youtube (see below), a good quote (http://www.shoeboxblog.com/), and the extra tickets I was able to get for the literacy benefit tomorrow night.
I think it’s a given that everything is better when you share it with someone, which makes it puzzling how selfishness can still cause so many problems.
I haven’t been very faithful about updating this the past few days. Luckily I actually have still been doing some good deeds.
Friday I gave an extra coupon to my friend Kathleen. I receive more CVS coupons than I could ever use. So, I try to keep them in my wallet and pass them along to people who can when they check out. Especially those $3 off $15 or more, those are so handy!
Saturday I bought some cards for friends just because. I haven’t actually gotten around to sending them, so this is more of a half-deed, but I’m on my way.
Sunday was a bit of a bust. Probably the closest thing was letting someone cut in front of me in line at the movies. I did offer my doorman some crab ragoon from the takeout we got, but he declined.
This is the last week for deeds, and I probably need to kick it into high gear. Maybe I should do two a day to make up for some of the lame ones. I did realize through this that some things I’ve done seem more like a good deed than others. It doesn’t really have to do with how much time or effort went into them. There’s just a very small space between what’s being decent, what is being a nice person, and what’s being extra nice. To find those truly extra nice moments you really need to plan and look for them, and I’m not going to lie, that’s been kinda hard.
Today’s good deed is supporting the comeback of pop star Britney Spears.
Ok, this isn’t really a good deed, but I just wanted to brag. Sorry y’all.
Today instead of doing a good deed, one was done for me.
I had a bit of a scare with an allergic reaction and had to go to the hospital this afternoon. I was just going to drive myself, but my manager Laurie volunteered to take me instead. I probably would have been ok, but I was pretty anxious and shaken up at the time. It was great to have a friend there to tell me things were going to be OK.
Everything is fine now. They gave me a steroid and told me to take claritin and zantac. Surprisingly, zantac is actually an antihistamine. Who knew?
Yesterday’s good deed was holding doors, and lots of them. All day I made a conscious effort to hold the door for anyone behind me. This falls into the 10 second deed category. This is probably just polite manners, but you’d be surprised how appreciative people are.
Another thing that surprised me is how many people put their hand out to hold the door like they think you’re going to let it slam in their face. If I took the time to stand there and obviously hold the door, do they really think I’m just going to drop it?
This weekend was a good time for deeds.
On Saturday, I stopped off at the grocery store before the snow storm started. As you know, for some reason every time the weather is bad the grocery store is crazy. People were stocking up like they were going to be trapped for weeks. As I was standing in line, I noticed that the person behind me only had two or three items. I had considerably more, so I let her go in front of me.
As karma would have it, on Sunday I was at Sam’s Club standing in line with just two items behind a row of people with enough cereal and toilet paper for a small country. The woman ahead of me let me go in front of her, and I gratefully accepted.
On Sunday I helped my friend Kathleen hang pictures in her apartment. One of the many life skills I learned as an art major in college was how to arrange and hang artwork. We hammered and nailed last night, and now her new apartment looks much cozier.
Yesterday, I also put away other people’s carts in the Target parking lot. Someone had left their cart in the middle of the parking space, so I put it away, and also offered to take another woman’s cart who was almost done unloading her items. It’s amazing that you can do something nice just by walking an extra 10 feet.