This post was originally shared on December 3, 2014.
Each year around this time of year I try to find a phrase or motto to carry me through the next year with some focus. It's not a New Year's resolution, because I'd like to say I keep the thought in mind all year instead of binge-gyming until Valentine's Day when I throw all caution to the wind and eat enough chocolate for a family of four.
There's also this threat level midnight shaming if you make a resolution that's near unattainable and don't carry it through. Part of me thinks that New Year's Resolutions were created by the Carrie Bradshaw clan of mimosa drinking upper easy siders trying to find ways to one-up their friends in believing they are truly good people and have the ability to judge others for not making the same kind of sacrifice whether they actually stick to it or not. Sorry Carrie, Miranda, what's her name and slutty one, but how I choose to live my life does not carry more value with your judgement.
Instead, I choose to keep most of my goals to myself, when/if, I do or don't accomplish them, I only have myself to answer to. This year, I'd like to share my theme as I'm hoping it will transcend just my life but impact others as well. Actually, I'd love if it could be posted on billboards all over the world as its simplicity has the power to largely impact the state of the world we all live in. You ready?
English majors, pipe down. I didn't mean "do well" or "be well" or even "be good", I meant "DO GOOD".
Sounds simple right? Then why haven't we as a community taken the opportunity to make changes for the better. I honestly believe that it begins with how we treat each other. Yes, there is evil in the world, but what if instead of assuming the evil will prevail, we embrace the world with love and good. I see way too often that people rush to conclusions of wrong doings and are quick to point a finger of blame. How about we embrace fault with a hug of understanding or a nod of admittance?
Now, I'm not saying that we all need to become tree-hugging, goat adopting messengers of the greater good spreading love and free songs of rainbows and ponies. I'm just thinking that maybe if we have the option to do something good for someone else or for the world, it's literally the least we can do.
I spend most of my work day chatting with strangers or people I see maybe once a month. I've discussed previously about how my path to happiness is ironically, being happy. It's not at any cost to me, or you if you choose, to greet someone with a smile and kindness. That's doing good. Giving someone a smile instead of a passive aggressive, "meh", is doing good. And hell, if they smile back, even better.
You don't have to adopt a third world country, or read books at a shelter, just be genuinely good. To a neighbor, friend, family member or complete stranger, say hello. Ask how they are doing, but stick around to get an answer. Spend a moment thinking of how you are blessed, not just #blessed. What's important in your life, and do more of it! The more good you share with the world, the more will come to you. We can't choose what happens in our future but we can choose how we live in the present. To me, I'd rather remember the good than the bad. With that, I'll choose to spread the "goods".
Everywhere we turn there is death, war, challenges, and arguments. We can't prevent this but we can at least try to DO GOOD within our own lives. I believe that if we each take a moment for the good that as a community, good will only shine through eventually.
"What the world needs now is love, sweet love / It's the only thing that there's just too little of / What the world needs now is love, sweet love, / No not just for some but for everyone..."
Like Gouda, cheesy yet poignant. The least we can do is have love, be love and share love. DO GOOD is sharing love with the world. Love for yourself, love for others and love for life.
I'm always amazed at how young children see our world. At what point do we loose our sense of wonder, excitement and joy and give in to a world of darkness? Children DO GOOD each day without even knowing they are. Their unconditional love and unwavering faith in adults to steer them in the right direction should empower us to provide a world we are proud of.
A few months ago, I found a video of a young boy on YouTube who has ideas of making the world a better place. "Just be awesome! Don't join a party. Be the Party. Give the world a reason to DANCE!" Robby Novak, Kid President, now 10 years old, has inspired me and millions of others to live a better life. He is the epitome of DO GOOD.
Below is a link to his "20 Things We Should Say More Often". While some are silly, good for a smile, others simplicity are heartwarming and sincere ways to spread good to all.