Last but not least, I thought this would be the perfect way to say farewell to Rajab and bring on the month of Shaabaan!
Remember in the first video posted, it showed how when good is done to us we tend to pass it on? So for example, if someone gives us way on the road, we tend to be more lenient on another driver trying to get in…
However, even just SEEING someone doing good to another can also have that effect! I’m sure many of you have seen the video that shows this so nicely but if you haven’t, here is the link:
Imagine if we did this INTENTIONALLY though…anyone watched the movie Pay It Forward? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it! Here is a clip from the movie that sums it up beautifully:
If everyone (and their children) makes a conscious effort to Pay It Forward, can you imagine the effect it would have? Good deeds would go viral!
Inshallah with one small good deed at a time, may we do our little bit to change the world 🙂
There are some amazing websites out there which are chock-ful of what other people have done to spread goodness in the world. If you like them on facebook, you will get daily tid-bits and ideas in your feed as well!
www.lifevestinside.com – I found this when I was looking up the famous video (posted on the first day of this series) on how Kindness has a boomerang effect on us.
www.facebook.com/iDeedGoodMagazine – Their website is under construction at the mo but IDeedGood is very active on facebook. They recently organised an amazing event here in London called the Grateful Wall!
“If you disclose (acts of) charity, it is well, but if you hide them and make them reach those (really) in need, that is best for you: It will remove from you some of your evil deed…” (2:271)
It is better if we hide it when we do good to others – that way we know for sure our intention is pure and only for Allah. This rhyme is a great one to emphasise that!
Anonymous acts of kindness are a great way of doing this – leaving a post-it with a message of wishing them a good day on someone’s parked car window, paying towards the next person’s order when queuing for a coffee or simply smiling at anyone you pass on the road are all examples of how we can do good to people we don’t know and who don’t know us!
There is a great anecdote about Gandhi: While boarding a moving train one day, one of Gandhi’s shoes slipped off and fell upon the track. As he was unable to retrieve it, Gandhi – to the astonishment of his fellow travelers – calmly removed his other shoe and threw it down the track to where the first had landed. “The poor man who finds the shoe lying on the track,” Gandhi explained, “will now have a pair he can use.”
Some time ago, my kids and I found these smile balls in a pound shop (think they came in a pack of 6) and we bought a few. We then bought some chocolate and had a lot of fun leaving a chocolate and a smile ball with shopkeepers to give to the next customer, handing them out to random strangers and generally just enjoying thinking up ideas of what to do with them!