The very first Good Deed of the Good Deeds Project was on Wednesday January 15th at 1:00PM at Le Pain Quotidien in New York City. My friend Eric James and I met in New York City and together we sat at a cute table sharing stories, laughs and eventually began brainstorming ideas for the Good Deeds Project. We talked about the importance of traveling across the country and sharing the awareness of kindness at schools with youth. We talked about different mediums to share the message and different types of good deeds. Finally we decided to look around and ask the question, “What Good Deed can we do right now?”
We took in our surroundings, noticing that there were a few different people around us that looked like they could use a good deed. We thought about the typical good deed of picking up someone’s bill. We noticed a young women sitting alone, lost in thought and when we tuned in, we decided she could use a smile. When we decided she was our good deed target, she received her bill from the server and we realized we missed our chance to cover her tab.
Before moving on to someone else we decided to come up with a story that could potentially offer some warm fuzzy feel-good-feelings and double-teamed her with a good deed! We had to think of something quick, because I think she noticed us turning to look at her and talking back and forth. Before we were pegged as creepy, we got up and approached her. Eric shared with her that we were working on a scavenger hunt and needed to find a beautiful person to take a photo with and we both agreed that she was beautiful and wanted to let her know. She was a bit surprised, laughed and agreed to be part of our “scavenger hunt”.
We sat back down, both of us with huge smiles. She paid her bill on the way out said bye to us, beaming and off she went.
Sometimes we think we have to spend money to offer a good deed; however, the purest of good deeds is simply seeing another person as a human being- present, beautiful, whole and perfect just as they are. Notice someone’s skills, talents, beauty and being; and acknowledge it. It’s shocking how many people might think something kind, but not necessarily voice it.
It always feels good to have someone tell you you’re great, beautiful and awesome. We are all here to support one another, so why not notice and acknowledge the goodness in each other?