February 6

Reflections: Plant Some Good Deed Seeds…

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“Thinking good thoughts is not enough, doing good deeds is not enough, seeing others follow your good examples is enough.” Douglas Horton

Reflections: Plant Some Good Deed Seeds...
Reflections: Plant Some Good Deed Seeds…

Small Stones #30
Who came up with the idea
Of random acts of kindness?
It is good for the soul…
For each kindness reverberates
like a pebble in a pond
Spreading far beyond its origins
healing other souls
Good deeds flow…

Tyler grew up in a strict home. His father was abusive and his mom did little to stop the brutal beatings he received from his dad. Over the years, he forced himself to tune out his dad’s rants and imagine himself in an imaginary world. It worked for a while but, as Tyler got older, the pain became so profound that, at 18, he attempted suicide. The physical abuse stopped but not the mental abuse. One day, Tyler decided he’d had enough. He packed what little possessions he owned, and walked out the door. He spent the next 3 years on the streets as a homeless youth.

It was a terrible, dehumanizing experience and he recalls spending many nights at a homeless shelter crying and begging God to let him die. “I’d had enough but something greater than me soon took over.” He said.  As serendipity would have it, one cold winter day,  he was loitering on 42nd Street begging for cigarettes and God knows what else,  when he bumped into an old neighbor, Mrs X.  “What you doing out on the streets Tyler? Your mama’s heartbroken!” She said, staring at his tall, dirty,  gaunt frame in horror, her mouth wide open.  Tyler opened his mouth to speak but couldn’t. He just stood there, on the street corner of 42nd and 9th  and wept.  More below!

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reflections: Plant Some Good Deed Seeds...
Reflections: Plant Some Good Deed Seeds…

Small Stones #30
The Good we do flows out and then back to us
Like a river cleansing and healing the banks
wherever it goes
Good deeds Flow…

What happened? To be Contd***


This was inspired by a Daily Post Prompt: Daily Prompt:Choose Your Adventure Write a story or post with an open ending, and let your readers invent the conclusion.

*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… I’m back on track; albeit at a slow pace. Thank you all for your patience! :-)

Some Food for Thought: Do you find time to show random acts of kindness? Take a moment to contemplate what Good Deeds mean to you? Love and Peace in 2013.

I would love to hear from you: Please leave me a comment. Thank You!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photographs: All photos Good is FlowingThe Seven Works of Mercy, via Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


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creativity, fiction, Good Deeds, Happiness, inspiration, life, mindful living, Musings, nature, Observations, postaday, Random act of kindness, reflections, Small Stones


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  • Everyday I wake up, it’s a grace and I thank God for another day. And I pray for all who suffer that God may grant them peace. Thanks, Eliz.

    • It is a true story with some artistic license taken… BTW, the readers are supposed to suggest conclusions and then I get to ad the last part. I should have said so. 😆 All good. I will add it soon enough… I’m behind on blog follow ups.

  • The Horton quote says it all. It’s like when Gandhi said that You must be the change you want to see in the world. If you do and say and think good things – you will have followers. It’s not so easy to be that good everyday, but I believe trying hard is enough.

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