I deliver Meals On Wheels to senior citizens every Thursday. Last week we had beautiful weather here in Ohio and I took the top off of my jeep. It was a great day. The sun was streaming and I had some great music flowing, as I was making my deliveries. Then it happened…
A bird crapped through my open top and onto the clipboard for my meal deliveries. The bird’s droppings destroyed the sheet detailing where I was supposed to go.
So, I pulled over and used some napkins to clean it off the best I could. I finished my deliveries and ended up doing the walk of shame back into the Meals on Wheels kitchen to turn in my clipboard and delivery sheet.
I said, “You’re never going to believe what happened…. a darn bird shat on my sheet.” Everyone had a great time laughing at me. I do have to admit, it was pretty funny.
Turns out that Oprah Winfrey was right when she said, “No good deed goes unpunished!” The problem with this reality is that some people stop doing good deeds because they know they’ll be punished in some way. Why do good if we’re going to get bad in return?
I’ve been writing a lot of email diddies lately. In each diddy, I try to add value. I try to make you laugh. I try to make you think. I try to shift your perspective. I try to teach you lessons that might be helpful for you. In other words, I’m working hard to do good deeds.
And guess what happens?
I get some nasty emails back from some very unhappy people. I also get spam complaints even though each person on my list opted in at some point in time. In other words, I get punished for my good deeds.
My guess is that you get punished for doing good deeds too. We all do.
If we’re going to get punished, why continue doing good deeds?
Because your good deeds do help other people. Your good deeds do make someone’s life a little better! Your good deeds DO make a difference…. even if you’re never thanked for your efforts.
We should also continue doing good deeds because they make us feel good regardless of whatever punishment may come our way. We do good deeds because of how it makes us feel, and that, in and of itself, makes doing good deeds worth it.
Keep doing good things. Keep accepting whatever punishment comes your way. The world is a better place because of you!
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P.P.S. Yes, I know my headline for this post was a little sneaky. LOL. I figured it was better than writing “Her pants were off!” I might use that one tomorrow!