feel good doing goodBy Pat Law • Jun 1st, 2008 • Category: Lead Story
Because you can. Because it will make you feel good. Because this fucked up world we live in is in desperate need of healing. And, because you, the same bastard indulging in the seven deadly sins everyday, can make a difference.
We humans sin a lot. So much so that we don’t recognize them as sins anymore. We call them human nature. It makes us feel better. We use time as an excuse for all that we fail to do. Overtime, we start believing in our excuses too. It makes us feel better. Our sins make us feel important.
Drawing inspiration from the famous Getting Things Done® management system by David Allen, I have created a To-Do daily checklist with a simple purpose – to do some good everyday. Because I can. Because it will make me feel good. Because my life is more than a wardrobe of designer clothes.
For each good deed done, I’d strike it off the list. Works pretty much like a shopping list except this time, the experience is not what money can buy. Feel free to download the FEEL GOOD DOING GOOD checklist in either A4 format, or iPhone format for decorative purposes.
Have fun feeling good doing good today.
FEEL GOOD DOING GOOD CHECKLIST
ONE: GIVE YOUR SEAT UP
Give your seat up to anyone who needs it more on the train. That includes that young mother carrying her baby and a lorry for a bag.
TWO: EMBRACE A DONATION TIN
Donate that bunch of loose change you have to the kids with their donation tins. Haven’t you always complain loose change being a hassle to carry anyway?
THREE: SHARE YOUR BROLLY
Share your umbrella with the poor bugger who is getting drenched next to you waiting for the lights to change.
FOUR: CALL A FRIEND TO SAY HI
Call a friend because you care, and not because you need something from him or her.
FIVE: SAY THANK YOU AND MEAN IT
Say ‘Thank You” to everyone who has serviced you and mean it. Including the toilet cleaner.
SIX: VISIT YOUR FOLKS
Your company, colleagues and friends were not the ones who made sacrifices in order to bring you to where you are today. Your folks were the ones who did. Show some appreciation before it’s too late.
SEVEN: OFFER A HAND
Offer to help someone who needs help, without any conditions or expectations.
EIGHT: TELL THEM YOU LOVE THEM
Your wife, your mum and your best friend Cecil. For all the times you took them for granted, they stood faithfully by your side. For the love you are lucky enough to receive from them, reciprocate the same, if not more, today.
NINE: THROW YOUR LITTER IN THE BIN
Why should someone need to pick your trash up for you?
TEN: TELL THE TRUTH
A white lie, is still a lie. Deceit, is still lying. Live today with nothing but the truth. It might hurt, but you’ll feel good eventually.
ELEVEN: STATE YOUR OWN