Category: Doing Good


Payin’ It Forward

pay it forwardIt doesn’t take much to make a day a little brighter for those around you, and, in doing so, for yourself. The other day at work, I witnessed a random act of kindness between two strangers. A woman making a purchase and I were chatting about the weather turning a bit more Spring-like as I was completing her transaction. The transaction was somewhat complex, and took about 6 minutes to A man behind her in line was patiently waiting. The woman apologized to him for his having to wait for her transaction to be completed. He smiled and said, “No problem.” Then, the woman took his item that was sitting on the counter next to her, and asked me to ring it up on her card, indicating that it was in concern for his time spent waiting. It was an $18 item. The man protested, thanking her, but she insisted. He reluctantly relented, thanking her profusely, and said to her, “You didn’t have to do that!” Her reply? “Yes, I know. But that’s exactly why I am doing it. You can do the same –something nice and unexpected–for someone else someday.” “Pay it forward, my friend”, I said. “That’s how you keep the good going ’round.”

He thanked her again, and left with a big smile on his face. And so did she. And I left work with a happy heart that day.

The Author:  Kathy Clark

Kathy Clark

“Live to Give” typifies her heart’s truest desire.  Her hope is to continue to Do Good through reaching out to others through ThinkGood, sharing with all of you  her energy and appreciation for the (sometimes hidden-suddenly revealed) moments of beauty in life.

 

Do Good Feels Good

Last week I made a delivery to a town nearby. A mom and her little baby boy were recovering from an accident that left them without the boys father. Not only did they lose a precious loved one, they lost their livelihood, are accruing staggering medical bills, and have to depend on others to drive them to all of the doctors appointments including rehabilitation for the significant injuries they are still suffering from.A few friends and I felt compelled to gather together and help this family out in any way we could. We took a collection for gift cards to help with groceries and bills, wrote a letter, gave the baby boy some really super duper books and a special little bunny toy, and when I met them to hand over the items, I gave them my heart. I looked them in the eye, expressed my condolences for their loss and suffering, and I allowed my heart to open and take in some of their pain, holding some of their burden for just a few minutes.I was truly moved and fulfilled by this visit. The Mother looked me in the eye as well with a message of Gratitude. I felt a bond…a bond with another human being that was positive and warm. Yes, she was a stranger to me but we are all connected in this life. Her pain is part of the universe, my universe, your universe. If she is hurting we are all hurting. The energy in the world is missing her passion for life and the love from the baby’s father. To be able to bring her some sort of small token of love and compassion, changes the world’s energy, as it changes hers. Her heart fills up, even if just for a moment or two, but that ripple of love is felt throughout the neighborhood and throughout the city, and so on and so forth.

So my point is this: Do Good. It turns things around…for the Good! 🙂

This is a beautiful video of a teacher who believes children are not being taught everything they need to know to have a beautiful life.

Inspiring, thought-provoking, and for us at Think good, it resonates.

Enjoy!

A man bought himself a morning coffee and doughnut. Then he bought coffee for the next 500 people in line.

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What? No free doughnuts? (screengrab via CBC News)

On Monday, a Canadian man walked into his local Tim Horton’s in Edmonton, Canada, got himself a Boston cream doughtnut and a double-double, and then paid for 500 more large coffees for his Canadian neighbors. So, great work, America. We got showed up by Canadians yet again wtih their friendly, selfless ways and their likeable doughnut chains.

The bill came to nearly $900, and the man refused to leave his name or a reason for his random act of caffeinated kindness. It took the shop until 8:30 the following morning to get through all the free coffees, and the mysterious man (I call rights to Coffeeman: the superhero) made hundreds of people’s days.

No one ever does this in America. We’ve all thought about doing it, how good it would feel, how awesome it would be to sit outside the Dunkin Donuts, and see people’s smiles as they emerged, and then tell them you were the one who bought them the free coffee and that they could repay you anyway they wanted. But at the end of the day, we never do it, because 900 American dollars is a lot of French crullers for ourselves.

(by Shira Rachel Danan)

What? No free doughnuts?

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Richard Branson

Do you know about The B-Team?

Virgin enterprises founder Richard Branson has assembled an international braintrust
to make corporate social responsibility  a frontburner issue among C-suite execs and in boardrooms.

We gather that this effort is designed to bring the same kind of muscle to perplexing and pervasive social issues as some companies already do individually and foundations frequently do collectively. Yet, Branson’s goal is to harness the somewhat unique collective power of global business to amplify the impact on some of the world’s most intractable social problems.

By its own telling, The B-Team’s “vision of the future is a world in which the purpose of business is to be a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefit.”

Taking  up the mantle of a modern-day Henry Ford, The B-Team offers an equally bold mission:  “to deliver a ‘Plan B’ that puts people and planet alongside profit…

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Over the last few years, there has been a growing impetus and awareness about the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility, and the role the corporate sector in Nigeria in ensuring that Corporate Social Responsibility becomes a significant business driver within their overall strategic delivery.  A few of the ‘big boys’ in the Nigerian Corporate sector, such as Dangote Group, MTN, Etisalat, and the in the banking industry, most notable, Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB), have led the way in ‘putting something back’ in society.  However, I feel there is more to be done on how major businesses and multinationals enhance and implement their CSR activities.  For many, the concept of CSR is just an ‘add-on’ to the many commercial activities that takes priority over the social impact of their business activities on society.   Nigeria is now ripe for moving on to an advanced stage on the CSR agenda.   It…

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