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Daily Good Deed

Monday, January 25, 2016

Everyday I try to do a good deed for someone else. I've found the most successful good deeds are ones you perform which are totally unexpected, a surprise. For instance, as much as I dislike shopping at Wal-Mart, Sams or Kroger, sometimes I go with my wife to lend a hand, after all, the things we get are for me too. To make this experience more enjoyable, I have discovered that I can simply brighten the day of a few people. If I can make someone else smile, it also brightens my day. While shopping I pick up a bag of Hershey Nuggets. The first item to go through the checkout is this little bag of joy. Then while my wife continues with the checkout process, I go around to all the people manning the registers and offer them a Hershey Nugget and wish them a good day. It's amazing the response you receive. Some of these folks can't believe a stranger walking up and wishing them well and giving them a little goodie. These folks have a thankless job and in general most folks going through the checkout line don't view the process as a positive either. But, this small act of kindness does wonders, not only for them, but for me too.

My wife has gotten to where she accepts this strange behavior performed by her husband. She just rolls her eyes and winks - wonder what she means by that? She has started calling me the Candy man.

One down side to this behavior is I'm now recognized by many of these fine folks and they are starting to expect a little goodie every time I go into the store.

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    A little kindness goes a long way
    1048 days ago
    Yup..and you came to my page and left a 'goodie' there too .. emoticon

    It wasn't chocolate .. but it will do!
    1128 days ago
    did something like that with cans of whipped cream once... DH, his grandma and I were shopping and they had a ridiculously cheap price on them. we ran an emergency food pantry at the time and bought cases to hand out so each client could have some for the holidays. However, I decided not to stop there but to get an extra case to bless miscellaneous people with. I thought one case should be allowed to be broken down so that each of us could pass our 4 cans to random strangers. What I said was " how about we get an extra case and randomly bless people with it. DH thought it was a silly idea but decided to go with it. His dear grams, however, was livid. She couldn't believe we would do such a "CRUEL" thing. DH and I were really taken aback by her comments and behavior. We realized after paying for our purchase and me finally giving one to someone in the parking lot that she thought we were going to spray crosses on folks with it. I still laugh when i think about it.

    DH's method was a bit more dramatic... I had already left the store with grams and 6 of the 12 cans (since grams was so livid) . DH was left behind to push the cart out. When he reached the car I asked him what he was going to do with his "blessings" . He said he just dropped a can into the bags of folks that were already processing their purchases. He couldn't believe it when i scolded him for it.... "don't you realize that some poor kid may get into trouble... moms gonna find some unpaid item in her bag and yell at some poor kid with a lecture about shoplifting!" He just smiled at me and said "it was meant as a blessing -- so say a prayer that she doesn't!
    1856 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/29/2016 11:55:21 AM
    Pavlov's dog! I would be expecting that goodie each time, too!

    What a wonderful way to make everyone feel good.

    1857 days ago
    How wonderful! Amazing how the smallest kind gesture can brighten someone's day. Kudos to you Mr. Candy Man!
    1859 days ago
    That's fantastic! It's hard to believe that something so small can make a person's day or put a smile on their face..I always enjoy opening doors for people at stores or wherever, and I opened several today!! emoticon
    Thanks for sharing this enjoyable blog!
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    1859 days ago
    Great deed, indeed! You're so right, some of the treatment these service people receive is appalling. . . . borders on abuse.

    I love to take our Yorkie "Bad Leroy Brown" shopping with us. (He's a service dog, and i carry him in an infant pack in front of me.) It is absolutely amazing how he can light up some of the most sorrowful expressions.


    Keep on spreading your sunshine, Dennis!!!

    1859 days ago
    1860 days ago
    Blessed to give than to recieve
    1860 days ago
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