Good Deed of the Day

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Re: Good Deed of the Day

Post: #153984 SarahJane
Sun May 17, 2009 11:54 am

A few weeks ago I was weeding the front garden and a little elderly lady stopped for a chat. She told me that she lost her husband a few weeks ago and it was the first time she had been out for a walk on her own. She was saying that when her husband was alive, he always used to stop when he got to my garden to admire the peace lily that grows in a sheltered spot in the corner.
I had taken a couple of tubers from the original plant and put them in the back garden a few years ago. Last year was the first time they had flowered, but Iasked her to wait, went and dug it up and put it in a pot for her to take home.
Sometimes it is just nice to do something nice for someone else, and it doesnt have to cost a thing. :flower:

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Re: Good Deed of the Day

Post: #154019 Milims
Sun May 17, 2009 3:23 pm

The good thing about doing nice stuff for other people is that it comes back to you too. This morning I fitted my friends new light in her dining room. She was really pleased and the smile on her face was really good to see. She'd been given a bowl by someone else and passed it on to me - it's just what I'd been looking for. We also have a banana exchange - she gives me the bananas that her kids have forgotten to eat - some go to my chickens and the rest go to make banana cake - some of which go back to her! Smiles all round!
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It won't make us rich
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Re: Good Deed of the Day

Post: #155612 gogreentips
Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:15 am

SarahJane wrote:A few weeks ago I was weeding the front garden and a little elderly lady stopped for a chat. She told me that she lost her husband a few weeks ago and it was the first time she had been out for a walk on her own. She was saying that when her husband was alive, he always used to stop when he got to my garden to admire the peace lily that grows in a sheltered spot in the corner.
I had taken a couple of tubers from the original plant and put them in the back garden a few years ago. Last year was the first time they had flowered, but Iasked her to wait, went and dug it up and put it in a pot for her to take home.
Sometimes it is just nice to do something nice for someone else, and it doesnt have to cost a thing. :flower:


What a lovely thing to do SarahJane. I very much believe in karma and live by the rules of giving. By not expecting anything in return it makes for a more enjoyable event all together when people do repay favors. Here is a :flower: for you for being such a lovely person. It won't replace the one you gave away but hopefully bring a little sunshine into your day, albeit a virtual one.

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Re: Good Deed of the Day

Post: #155617 eccentric_emma
Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:00 am

That's such a great story! And I bet it made the lady really happy. I know how I'd feel if I was on the receiving end of such a kind gesture! :sunny:
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Re: Good Deed of the Day

Post: #155625 Rosendula
Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:00 am

I have a lovely old man living next door to me. He's given me all sorts of things - a CD player that was doing nothing in his shed, a loaf of bread when he bought the wrong one by accident, a pie he bought to eat with his sister who then couldn't make it, rhubarb root, all sorts. I always feel awful because I've never given anything back. I did once give him a loaf of home-made bread, and was very pleased with myself, but in hindsight it was back when I first started making it and the crusts were like rock and I worry he might have broken his teeth on it :pale: The other week I got so excited when I finally managed to make some jam (using some of the rhubarb from the plant he gave me). I was so looking forward to giving him a jar, but while it was still cooling he told me his son (who lives with him) has been told he has diabetes! How about that for timing?

Anyway, this year I have loads of potatoes growing, so I'm hoping I can treat him to some of those and some of my other veg. In fact, one of the reasons I took on a second allotment plot was so that I could give stuff away to neighbours and in-laws. I like the idea of giving a box of veg to my next door neighbour and telling him to take what he wants and pass the rest on to the next house and tell them to do the same.
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Re: Good Deed of the Day

Post: #155642 Millymollymandy
Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:19 pm

Great idea! I love being able to give things away - partly cos I hate to see any glut go to waste but I just enjoy giving away things that I've made or grown myself, especially when I get nice compliments back. :cheers:
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Re: Good Deed of the Day

Post: #159428 SamNurse
Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:15 pm

i always seem to be picked on , for directions, getting things from top shelves etc..... but it does feel good to help :thumbleft:
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Re: Good Deed of the Day

Post: #159434 Martina
Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:11 pm

What a lovely thing to do SarahJane--and everyone else who shares their bounty :flower: . Since I have managed not to kill off as many plants as anticipated, I hope to share what I grow with family, friends and neighbours. It's one of the unexpected perks to having a garden this year; it makes me more inclined to get out and about and talk to people.
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Re: Good Deed of the Day

Post: #159465 jim
Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:55 am

The idea of mutal aid and gift economy underlie sane societies and demonstrate that humans are funamentally decent, social beings. (As the free advice, encouragement and support offered on this site shows.)

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Re: Good Deed of the Day

Post: #159495 Martina
Fri Jul 03, 2009 1:52 pm

Hi Jim,

I totally agree with you. It is so reaffirming to get out and share with people and, in turn, they rarely disappointed in their own capacity to be generous and kind.

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