If you were to have asked me a few years ago if I’d ever start a blog, I would have laughed and told you what a waste of time they are. That everyone’s too busy producing one to have time to check out anyone else’s.
…That crunching sound you hear is me eating my words.
The change? I started reading, and participating in, a select few and I began to realize the power of community and interaction that probably anyone reading this already appreciates.
Two things inspired this blog: One being my husband, a man so honest and true blue that doing good deeds is part of his very DNA. (And so humble, if he knew I was writing this about him, his head would probably explode.) Putting himself in others’ shoes is so second-nature to him that I probably only see a fraction of the good deeds he performs every day, cause he’d never boast about them or even think they were anything to boast about.
My other inspiration came from the remarkable music of David Archuleta*, the 2008 American Idol runner-up. I first heard David sing the evening of a close friend’s funeral. I was in a sad, dark place and was flipping to different channels on autopilot, just trying to zone out. Then something amazing happened. I became mesmerized watching his dynamite performance of “You Better Shop Around.” There was a light and a joy from this performer, along with his rich, beautiful voice and stunning musicality that somehow lifted my sorrow from me and allowed me to get to sleep that night.
I eventually read many similar stories of how this singer’s pure voice and humble, caring nature had inspired others to be kinder and gentler in their own daily lives.
I felt moved to do the same — if I could make a point of doing at least one “good deed” each day, however small, to make a positive difference of some kind, others might also want to give it a try. If you do (or have any ideas of what more I can do) please leave a comment.
~ Deb, Toronto
* David Archuleta recently released this beautiful rendition of “Perfect” with Nathan Pacheco. Enjoy!