THE LITTLE YOU DO GOES A LONG WAY...
Zoom meetings have become a thing lately in this new normal where it's safer to abstain abstain from public gatherings. So the other day, SDG (Simply Do Good) organized one of their own. The meeting was to serve a purpose; help the members catch up, figure out how the movement was going to navigate the Corona Virus and find out how the members were spreading the movement's spirit of goodness.
I joined in on the amazing discussion that was going down. During the conversation something popped up, though on a light note. So the group was going back and forth about how feeding chicken was an act of good. It was super hilarious. Other scenarios similar to that, that explicit some kind of humor came to play. It got me thinking. Thinking a lot. What is this we know as doing good? What are the assumptions we make about this? What is the threshold of measuring good? How do we make our actions of good stand out and leave a lasting impression?
Doing Good. For the longest time, simple deeds have either been ignored or gone unappreciated and this tends to discourage individuals from practising these enormously impactful deeds. From the ones we are accustomed to such as checking up on friends and family, planting a tree or plant, donating blood, picking up and proper disposal of trash to the ingenious ones such as carpooling with someone, making a difference by donating to someone on online platforms, leave positive comments and responses on social media, sharing a friend's blog, business website or art on social media. They seem insignificant but could make a whole lot of difference if done diligently.
Perhaps the easiest way to think of it is in terms of a simple analogy: Bees during pollination. They get pollen rubbed onto their bodies effortlessly while they are out looking for nectar. As they move around looking for more and more nectar they transfer pollen from one flower to another. Similarly, as uncomplicated as that sounds and is, we humans can learn to live this life day at a time influencing the lives of others positively, be it directly or indirectly. All it takes is a simple gesture of good that makes your neighbor feel special or your environment blossom even more.
It is not the gift, but the thought that counts. Doing good should be sincere and done from the heart, only then it is fruitful. It doesn't matter whether big or small, provided something good is going to come out of it. And most importantly, “Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you. Remember, life is an echo. It always gets back to you. So give goodness.” So starting today, make a choice to put a smile on someone's face by the littlest means you can.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou
BY JOSEPH CHEGE, SDG VOLUNTEER