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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"Do Good and Disappear"

I first heard the expression, "Do Good and Disappear," in the 1959 Audrey Hepburn movie, The Nun's Story. It is a fitting motto for the type of selfless service portrayed in the film.

In this age of publicists and "corporate social responsibility," the idea of the "lone do-gooder" seems dead.

Or is it?

Because the irony is, if someone really does good and disappears, we'll never hear about it.

A few years ago, there was a popular book called Random Acts of Kindness which spawned a movement of the same name. A blurb on the back of the book reads: "Imagine what would happen if there was an outbreak of kindness in the world, if everyone did one kind thing on a daily basis."

Imagine.

Can you do one today? And another tomorrow?

The opportunities are endless: paying for a stranger's drink in Starbucks, mowing your neighbor's lawn, bringing donuts to work (anonymously!), picking up litter, writing an anonymous "you’re great" note.

Find something to do for another today. Then, if possible, disappear.

You'll be happier.

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