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Do a Good Turn Daily

It's been a long time since I've been a Boy Scout (10 years, to be exact), but their slogan always stuck with me.  I don't make a point of jumping out of bed in the morning with a checklist of good deeds to do; nor do I spend every waking minute analyzing the world around me to see if there's something that would qualify as a good deed.  But more often than not, I find myself impulsively or instinctively doing something that would probably qualify, looking back on it later.

Take today, for example.  I was enjoying the sun and cool breeze while waiting outside the mechanic's shop for my car's yearly inspection and an oil change.  A guy parked in line at the entrance of the shop went inside to take care of his paperwork, and a lady pulled in behind him in line.  I was just going back to my book when I heard a rattling noise and looked up to see a shopping cart barreling down on the car of the guy who was inside.  I didn't stop to think; I just got up from where I was sitting on the curb and ran over and grabbed the cart a few scant inches before it dented the side of his new-looking Accord.  I'm sure the lady behind the car saw me, just as I'm sure that the guy inside (and around a corner) did not see me.  But I didn't care about getting a thank you for stopping the spontaneous creation of a new dent in the guy's car, I was just happy to be able to have done something, however little, to keep someone else from having a worse day.  I secured the shopping cart in such a way that it wouldn't get caught by the wind and hit someone else's car, and went back to reading my book and enjoying being outside on such a beautiful day.

I may not have a chance to do something nice for a friend or stranger tomorrow, or even any time in the next week.  But if I see some place where I can help, you can bet that I will.  Even if it's something as simple as stooping to pick up something that someone just dropped, or stopping a shopping cart before it can hit someone's car.

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The DQ # 59 – October 20, 2007

"If winds are the spirit of the sky's ocean, the clouds are the texture. Their is easily the most uninhibited dominion of the earth. Nothing in physical shape is too fantastic for them. They can be round as apples or as fine as string, as dense as a jungle, as wispy as a whiff of down, as mild as puddle water or as potent as the belch of a volcano. Some are thunderous anvils formed by violent up drafts from the warm earth. Some are ragged coattails of storms that have passed. Some are stagnant blankets of warm air resting on cold. I have seen clouds in the dawn that looked like a pink Sultan with his pale harem maidens and a yellow slob of eunuch lolling impotent in the background."
    -Guy Murchie

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