Heroes are those who go above and beyond. They put their lives on the line for others, sacrifice much for the good of all, show courage when most of us would run from danger. I am no hero. I’m not sure I would run into a burning building or charge down an airplane aisle to tackle a bad guy. I never served our country by joining the military (although I have family members who did and I am extraordinarily proud of them). But I can try to go above and beyond.
Admit it. When you give someone a gift, big or small, and it makes them smile, you feel pretty good about yourself. Am I right? In a way, this seems a bit selfish. Doing nice things for people in order to make you feel good. And it is selfish. But in a good way.
I have done small things for people – paid a toll for the person behind me, offered to drive a friend to an event, helped someone load groceries in their car when they had a child with them – and it does make me feel good. But as Jane wrote on her blog, these random acts have been few and far between, occurring when it was easy and convenient for me. I pulled out an extra dollar when paying my own toll, was going to the event anyway, had the time to help.
This 21-day challenge will involve a more deliberate effort, as well as some creativity, to find opportunities and come up with ideas of how to brighten someone’s day. But if it brings a smile to someone’s face, or encourages them to “pay it forward”, it will be worth the effort. And maybe, just maybe, I will develop a habit that will change the world for the better.
Are you in? Let’s honor those who gave everything 12 years ago by giving just a little now.