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Start Something Good

When the people who work at Compendium think about what it means to do something good in the world--whether it's a kind word, a small favor, or a selfless act--we believe it creates a ripple. It's an image we're all familiar with--a stone dropped into a still pond that sends out ripples far and wide. But have you ever thought of yourself as the pebble? As the single point of impact that changes everything?

That's what we started thinking about last week when we read this wonderful article at the New York Times. It's all about the phenomenon of people "paying it forward" at coffee shops and fast-food restaurants--an example, one woman says, of "goodness gone viral." All over North America, people at drive-up windows are paying for the people behind them. And the most amazing part is that the recipients of that initial act of kindness often end up paying for the people behind them. Sometimes, a chain gets going that can last for hours. One string of cars lasted for over 200 people. 200. Can you imagine? Each of those people drove away knowing they had done something simple and kind and completely unexpected for a total stranger. That's at least 200 people whose days were made brighter and fuller, just because one person decided to start something good.

So today, or next week, or any time inspiration strikes, why not take this story as a little challenge? As a reminder to do something truly good and utterly out-of-the-blue for a perfect stranger? Then, come back here or join us on Facebook and tell us what happened. You'll feel good and someone else will feel good, but the best part? That's just the beginning!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mary N. Bucklew 11.08.2013 | 1:00 PM

    I love the concept, but if we come back and 'fess up later, doesn't that take some of the "magic and mystery" out of doing it?
  • 2 Charin Adams 11.08.2013 | 1:07 PM

    I love this idea! Such a simple way of being mindful to spread joy. :) Rock on, Compendium! <3 Charin
  • 3 Compendium 11.08.2013 | 1:31 PM

    Good point, Mary! I think we were imagining it would be pretty unlikely for the recipient of your good deed to read about it here. And if you share it, the rest of us get to appreciate your kindness, too! But if you'd rather be completely anonymous about it, please do!
  • 4 Patti P. 11.08.2013 | 3:37 PM

    I had an opportunity, one early morning, to use a 2 for 1 coupon at a local bakery....I found a young man reading a paper, not drinking coffee and asked if I could treat him to a Mocha because I had this great 2 for 1 coupon that expired that day....who wants to waste a good deal??? He was so surprised, appreciative, and was starting a new job that morning! AND he is a college student, too. He was gracious in accepting and said he would certainly "pay it forward". I left knowing that both our days were made special.

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