When I was a little girl, my grandmother (HM Guillory) used to tell me that good deeds were the building blocks of a good life. I didn’t completely understand that concept then, but now I do and I’m very much in agreement with it. The movie “Pay it Forward” is a good example of this sentiment. As the story line goes, a little boy starts a cycle of extending help to three people and then each one of them returns the favor to three more people. In the film, people’s lives are changed dramatically after they receive help, and then they go on to do a similar good deed for others.
There is no doubt that this cycle of doing good helps to create a better world. Good deeds and paying it forward are ways to seed or plant seeds of goodwill that will grow and bear fruit down the road. One of the best things about seeding, is that it makes you feel good. Doing a thoughtful deed for someone else opens your heart and fills it with warmth. You don’t have to be rich or powerful to plant seeds of kindness. All it takes is a willingness to look out for opportunities to help others.
Acts of kindness can start with just simple things, such as a smile for the harried grocery clerk or holding the door for a tired mother, preoccupied with her little ones. Or you can take it a step further by offering help to people in need. Perhaps someone you know could use a heart-to-heart discussion or an elderly person in your neighborhood needs help shopping or repairing something in the home. Spend a little time thinking about it, and I am sure some ideas will pop into your head.
If you want to do something on a larger scale, consider volunteering some time on a regular basis to benefit a specific group, such as children, older people, or the community in general. It doesn’t really matter so much how you seed kindnesses as long as you are looking for opportunities to do so and then take advantage of them when you see the need.
Everyone, in the process of doing good for others, even if it is something small, we improve the lives of others, build better relationships and even improve our own lives. It’s a win-win situation!
That’s what teachers and coaches do for the youth, they sow seeds of encouragement, seeds of understanding and seeds of hope. We all can sow some type of seeds to help others in need. Always remember our youth is OUR future!
Cynthia F. Guillory