Surely some of you know the rest of that aphorism. Because of my belief in the power of words, often stated here – words matter – I won’t be finishing the statement; in fact today we’ll do a test run on a new ending, give it a new spin. And I do love spin 🙂
So if I say No Good Deed Goes Unrewarded, what do you think? The question becomes unrewarded by whom. It doesn’t matter. Since I operate under the belief system that says you don’t work your way to your final resting place, the reward for a good deed is internal. You saw something, you addressed it, and you know in your heart that you did a good thing.
The person or persons for whom you did this good thing may or may not even realize it. Doesn’t matter. Let me clarify, it doesn’t matter on an outward level. Here we go again, semantics. You bet, I love it 🙂 So where does it matter? Inside, inside you and that’s what counts in this discussion.
Every time you take the opportunity to do a “good deed” however small, it matters in you. Note I say IN you, not to you. We grow every time we take an opportunity to make a difference, something as small as smiling at the elderly man for whom you hold the door, every time you offer an encouraging word or turn aside an angry retort. It matters IN you and that’s why I’m pretty comfortable saying that No Good Deed Goes Unrewarded.
The reward is the growth that comes inside because you stepped out and did it. That’s what matters. Keep doing it and you will keep doing it. It’s a mindset, a way of looking at the world, a philosophy, if you will. Go on out and have a fabulous day and when you have the chance (not IF, WHEN) take it. Look for these opportunities – they’re everywhere. Here’s to growing as we go …..