Good Deeds: What’s Your “Get Out of Hell Free” Card?
We all made some questionable decisions in our teens and twenties. We're so focused on learning how to adult and human that, if we're being honest, we sometimes forget about the other people in the world.
Maybe it was something as simple as forgetting to rewind those video tapes before returning them to Blockbuster in 1996. Or maybe you did something bigger and badder - like, say, borrowing mom's car without asking so I could go to that big rager she told me not to attend. (If my mom tells you this happened to me, I will categorically deny it. I mean, can't she just let stuff go. Geez.)
I like to think I navigate my life differently these days, and if I inadvertently hurt some of the folks I love, maybe paying things forward with some good deeds might help.
I used to volunteer at an animal rescue, cleaning dogs runs and cat boxes. I volunteered with 4-H and Girl Scouts helping kids learn fun activities. Does any of this make up for the time I didn't turn in my 10th grade geometry textbook? I mean, I found it the other day. I can send it back if Buena still wants it.
I asked my listeners what they've done that might give them a "Get Out of Hell Free" Card and I loved the answers!
Megan said she's switched careers to become a teacher. I agree; that is certainly a way to make up for past deeds. Jasmine gives winter blankets to the homeless. Molly fosters kittens, and says it make her life, "heaven on earth!"
Ashley takes care of adults with developmental disabilities. She also fills backpacks with hygiene products and hands them out to the homeless in our area. Mary cooks dinner for her neighborhood veterans a few times a week. Davif asked if donating blood counted as a good deed. Yep. They all count.
Thank you to everyone to added a comment. You're not only getting out of hell free, should the need arise, you've given us all some great ideas!