Do you DO good? DO you?


Do you DO good? DO you?

Before you answer, let’s check out this do-gooder scenario: A town decides they want to do good by helping people at the poverty level. They decide on a food drive, that way the whole community can get involved, and then they’d really be do-gooders. Out goes a press release, fliers are posted, and food collection boxes are found on every corner. Soon, the boxes are filled with donations. Everyone in town is happy, patting each other on the back for a job well done. Oh, what do-gooders they all are!

Or are they?

Ok, now let’s check out the poverty-stricken neighborhood this food is going to:

First we pass by an enormous community garden bursting at the seams. Then, hey, look at the following their local church has! They collected enough food in their recent drive to feed those in need.  Oh, but look at all those kids in need of shoes and coats. And, the after-school activities have been cut, so the community is seeking volunteers to keep the programs going and kids off the streets.

Now, back to our food drive folks. Did they do good? There is no doubt there was good generated in the form of good intentions, goodwill, and people feeling good about themselves. But, the purpose of this food drive was to DO good by filling a need in an impoverished community. Good intentions yes, DO good, no.

Now, just because these folks generated good feelings but didn’t DO good doesn’t mean they all need to become martyrs to accomplish DOING good. You can accomplish DOING good and FEELING good all at the same time, and it’s really not that difficult.

DOING good is discovering what a true need is, and working to fill that need. Once you start working to fill a true need, you will be DOING good, which then naturally creates goodwill and positive feelings of doing good.

I’ll never forget this story of a large corporation collecting loads of basketballs to send to impoverished people overseas. The company believed that games of basketball would give these people a much-needed distraction from the troubles they were facing. This company created a sense of goodwill in their community, but there was one big problem. The people who received the basketballs had not a clue what basketball was!  Good intentions yes, DO good, no.

So, now, back to those first questions: Do you do good? Do you?

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cheryl @ Stop The Stigma
    Oct 12, 2013 @ 16:21:03

    Excellent post! Doing good is offering kindness, compassion and doing good where there is a need, not because it’s popular. A good gesture is done out of kindness, not to get recognized. Got a great idea for a donation? Why not ask the community what “they” actually need? Hey, what a novel idea! Great post indeed!! 🙂


  2. Christie Taylor
    Oct 13, 2013 @ 11:23:53

    Beautiful summary, Cheryl, exactly! And, thanks for all the advocacy work you do!


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