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The Good Deed Feed. Friday March 14, 2014

Whenever I happen to be aboard a regional train or bus, I'll pick up The Metro paper that someone has left behind. (Unless I'm experiencing a random 'Germ Fear' day. Everyone has those days right?) Being a sensitive soul, ever attempting to avoid grim or distressing news, I'll always pluck straight for the page containing The Good Deed Feed. It never fails to bring a salty, feel-good tear to my eyes.

What is this Good Deed Feed? The Metro is a national daily paper (mid-week) distributed for public transport users. If someone has been the recipient of a good deed (often while using public transport), they can text a "thank you" for the Good Deed Feed box.

Simple acts of kindness are often the order of the day, like: 'Thank you to the kind lady on such and such a train who offered me a tissue when I was crying after a very bad day'.

There are two things at work here:

1) Folk that are soft-hearted and gracious enough to offer a stranger a helping hand in some form or other.

2) Folk that feel so much gratitude and appreciation towards the giver, that they make the effort and take the time to express their thanks.

When we are out and about, going about our daily business, we can't know what individuals in the flurry of faces we pass are going through. If we know what it is to experience a dire day, chances are, someone we share fleeting contact with are going through their dire day, today.

What is interesting, is that on the adjacent page is a Comments box and this is sometimes (not always but sometimes), used for comments more querulous in nature. (Although I'm pretty sure that even some of these are tongue in cheek in nature and succeed in providing a welcome chuckle for bleary eyed travelers on their mundane commute to work. For example: 'Lazy commuters. The poles on trains are for passengers to hold onto and not for lazy people to lean on!')

If you were to be placed in a figurative box today, which would it be? The Good Deed Feed, for either doing, or being a grateful recipient of, a good deed, or, the Complaints box?

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Lex McKee Fri, Mar 14th 2014 @ 6:54am

I feed on good deeds! (I wish!) Actually, I can be a complete pro at complaining... thanks for the reminder Suzy that there is a proactive choice to be a nice bunny.
By the way, I think kind people are really the ones with the strongest hearts. People say I'm too soft-hearted, but I think becoming hard-hearted (presumably with a view to protecting oneself from further disappointment) is a poor strategy. Like the sea anenome, sometimes our tentantive tentacles that reach out to the world have to be retracted to stop them from being bitten or hurt. But the sea anenome has the sense to reach out again after a pause... perhaps in a fresh direction.

Anonymous Fri, Mar 14th 2014 @ 8:10am

Thanks for the blog. A good reminder to all of us of the power of the compliment and kind word of thanks. I work with the elderly and I have found that the ones blessed with longevity are the grateful, kind souls. One such gentleman I met last week was so grateful and complimentary about my work on his behalf that I left with lifted spirits for the rest of the week. He also commented on some praise he had received from a chiropodist who had told him he had lovely feet! He said the rest of me may be falling to bits, but I must remember to try to show off my feet at every available opportunity.

Anonymous Fri, Mar 14th 2014 @ 9:09am

Ahhh good deed feed all the way . Be grateful for any act of kindness nothing like a sincere Thankyou or sorry for that matter to set the hearts and minds straight . Lovely post Thankyou xxx and also how sweet the old man god blessed him with sense of humour and gratitude worth it's weight in gold.

Julia Fri, Mar 14th 2014 @ 2:15pm

Lovely blog as usual Suzy. I think today I am in the complaints box. I was in Monsoon trying on some clothes and there were 4 assistants standing around chatting, no other customers in the shop, and every 10 seconds, it seemed, one of them would walk up to the curtain and ask if I was alright. Not a very relaxing environment to try on clothes and I ended up buying nothing and feeling guilty as the assistants were so nice and probably only being helpful. (I did mutter under my breath after the 4th enquiry, "No I'm not, the dress has got stuck over my head" I hope they didn't hear) So that's me today. Oh dear. Sounds quite petty when I read it back. Fri, Mar 14th 2014 @ 3:18pm

You do make me chuckle Julia. Funnily enough I've just picked up a parcel from Monsoon: boots, half price in the sale.
You said: "The assistants were so nice.." I think that puts you firmly in the Good Feed Deed "box". Plus, you came and posted nice comment. Oh you are all about the good deeds, I'm tellin' ya! ;0) xxx

Mart Fri, Mar 14th 2014 @ 4:16pm

Excellent subject and post Suzy. I suppose it all comes down to applying the "golden rule" even if good deeds are seldom acknowledged. But it always helps me go the extra mile when people express their appreciation to me when I've done or said something kind. It's what makes the world go round, an attitude of gratitude! By the way nice use of the word "querulous" even if I did have to seek out a definition! (Hope I'm not exposing my ignorance there) Your posts are an education as well as a motivation!

michelle Fri, Mar 14th 2014 @ 7:14pm

I'm not sure what box I would be put in because I like doing good deeds but also I complain about things. When I do a good deed for a person I feel a sense of worth and feel it's just normal to help people or give them a compliment. One thing that gets up my nose is when you open the door for someone and they completely ignore you, (amazing!) I do often mutter under my breath at them. Also when people barge on the bus in front of you when they knew you were already waiting. Some people just don't have manners. I expect that all should have good manners and when a person doesn't that gets to me more. So 50/50 for me, put my top end in one box and the bottom end in other. Ha, ha. Great post by the way as always xx

Anonymous Mon, Mar 17th 2014 @ 6:02pm

Nice entry.

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