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Doing Good Versus Doing Nothing

Posted Nov 21 2009 10:02pm

“In my humdrum life, the daily battle hasn’t been good versus evil. It’s hardly so epic. Most days, my real battle is doing good versus doing nothing”

-         Deirdre Sullivan – (Attorney)


The above quote is very powerful! Deidre speaks the truth that many of us live. For most of us our day to day life is not about slaying dragons, it is not about protecting our homes and families from marauders and such.  We are rarely called upon to fight an epic battle with that which we perceive as evil. Rather in our daily life, the bigger question is our we “doing good” or are we doing nothing, just managing through the day, living a humdrum life where we choose to nothing instead of choosing to do that which we perceive as good.

It is valid to ask are we living on purpose, are we using all of our gifts to make this world a better place by being here. Most of us have many chances to enhance this world, to enhance the experience of others and to enhance our experience by doing “good” for ourselves and others however we often choose to do nothing.  We often choose to believe that someone else will take care of those things that we see and know need taken care of. We choose not to be bothered, we choose to do nothing.

We rationalize our decisions to not get involved, to not give to the beggar on the street, to not give our time to a local soup kitchen, to not give an old blanket, a coat or a pair of gloves. We say to ourselves things like, “Someone else will take care of these things”, “I would help but I don’t have the time” or “I work hard for my money and things, I am not giving anything to people who appear not to try”, etc, etc. There are many excuses we use to justify doing nothing; however in the end there is no true justification for doing nothing.

Doing nothing is doing something, it is in doing nothing that we close the doors to abundance for ourselves as well as our fellow man. The more we cling to our excuses for not doing “good”, the more shut off we become, the weaker our energy becomes and further from source we become.

We all know of people who will give their last dime to help another. We all recognize the love that people like this illustrate to us. We can feel their love when they are near, their energy radiates the room. It is this energy that warms the cold, brings a smile to a face and thaws a heart frozen by years of pain and feeling alone and that no one cares.

How many opportunities to do good do we allow to pass by in a day? How many times through our laziness or selfishness do we choose to nothing rather than choose to do good.

It is often so simple to do good. I was with a friend the other night and she bought a pair of gloves. I said, “Oh your buying some new gloves for yourself?” she said “No, not for me.” I said “Oh a gift for someone”, she said, “In a way. You know that one woman that we pass each morning on the sidewalk on the way into work?” I said I did. She said “It’s getting cold and I don’t think she has much, the last few days when it was cold I noticed she didn’t have any gloves and she was rubbing her hands together to keep warm, I am going to stick these gloves in my purse and give them to her the next time I see her”.

This was a wonderful example of someone choosing to do “good”! This person took two minutes out of her day and a $1.99 out of her pocket to help keep this woman’s hands warm. There are millions of ways we can do “good”, we simply have to raise our awareness and remove our excuses for doing nothing!

We are blessed, each and everyone of us!  How will you share your blessings today? What opportunities will you seize and share the love that you are to enhance this world and yourself?

Remember what you do does not have to be a grandiose effort; you don’t have to go out and make a great big splash. The good you do could be as simple as smiling at someone or helping them open the door or buying a cold stranger a hot cup of coffee. For it is not about the big things we do, it is about all the little things that add up to a big life!

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