Hi! I’m Lili.
I believe we are all unique, and capable of making a contribution to the world we live in, within our means. And Deeds Do Good is one of the ways I feel I can do my part. Hopefully you’ll join me; it’s easy, and it provides a sense of empowerment in just a few seconds. It’s amazing what a kind gesture, or a few good clicks can do. And just for the record, I don’t think it’s the size of the gesture, or the size of the contribution that matters. Howard Zinn, the famous historian said it best: “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” He’s studied history, so he knows.
Why the Good Deeds?
I read this wonderful book called Invisible Acts of Power by Caroline Myss, and it really inspired me. It demonstrated how far simple kindnesses can take us. Another book called The Power of TED made me realize that I sometimes behave like a victim when it comes to facing obstacles I deem too great. I don’t know about you, but I always get depressed when I think about the state of the world we live in (inhumane behavior, corruption, pollution, wars etc.) and it puts me in a state of paralysis, blame, defensiveness and anger. But we all know that none of those things make the world a better place. It keeps us in bed, or in a fighting mood, which leads us around the viscous circle of the status quo. But when I flip that «victim» mentality around, (the book shows how), I become a «creator» instead. That’s when I create a site like this, instead of feeling defeated and angry. Suddenly, I can start contributing to the world around me, in a constructive way. The best part is that I feel empowered, and I start to feel like my voice does matter, because I see that it does, with my own eyes.
So I decided to commit to being a creator and to invest in «positivity». At least once a day, every day. If you don’t think we need it, think again.
This idea came about when I started noticing that whenever I was dissatisfied about a product’s functionality, I always remembered my grand father…
My grand father Jim was an electrical engineer by trade, and when he felt that a product/gadget/software he purchased could be improved, he would always take the time to write an email to the company it came from. He usually would include a solution, or his thoughts on how he felt it could be improved, and expressed his appreciation for what they were trying to achieve with the product or service in question.
Sometimes, his concerns were addressed and other times not. I don’t think he was actually attached to the outcome. But the bottom line was that the positive intention of his action only took a little bit of his time, and so it was worth a shot to try and help figure out the problem.
It sure beats taking no time, and experiencing a lot of defeat. So he’s my inspiration. And just to re-iterate what I was saying earlier about it not being the size of our contribution that matters; he probably didn’t even realize that his little habit could have any consequences on those around him. But he was sincere and positive about it. And his intention stayed with me.
So I think it’s worth a shot to spread good ideas. It only costs a stamp, -if that, and it provides a wonderful sense of satisfaction!