What's your good deed for the day?

It was strange seeing the little bee in November. I'm not really sure what it was doing hanging out on my wall, but before I knew it, it was caught in a web and a spider was sinking it's venomous fangs into it. "Lee!" I screamed, "The bee! It's being taken!". Overdramatic, sure, but in this day and age bees are practically angels sent from God himself so I think not an inappropriate response.

After a quick 30 seconds, the spider was removed and the bee set free.

"That's my good deed for the day done" Lee said.

I love a good deed. I love the kindness of a random gesture for a stranger. I love helping people out and being helped. There needs to be more of it, there really does, but I wonder whether we have been caught up in what a 'good deed' looks like that we've forgotten that in our every day as parents we're doing some pretty good deeds too.

- I fed my child breakfast today
- I changed my child's nappy when he'd pooped today
- I washed the clothes today
- I cooked a dinner today and put a vegetable in it
- I made sure my kids had water to drink today
- I sat with my child and hugged them today
- I watched a movie on the sofa with my family today


There's this big thing about doing a good deed every day and I applaud it, I absolutely do. Thinking outside of ourselves and looking at what other people need in the moment is incredible. Being present and mindful and outward looking are all wonderful disciplines to continue to nurture and improve. But don't be fooled parents if you've not managed to do something for a stranger or a friend today. Don't be fooled into thinking you haven't managed to get your good deed in for the day. Don't be fooled into thinking you can't be a good person, or you have nothing to offer. You are probably doing more good deeds than you think.

I repeat:

- I fed my child breakfast today
- I changed my child's nappy when he'd pooped today
- I washed the clothes today
- I cooked a dinner today and put a vegetable in it
- I made sure my kids had water to drink today
- I sat with my child and hugged them today
- I watched a movie on the sofa with my family today

Let nobody tell you that what you're doing each day isn't a good deed. Just keeping your child alive after 40 screaming tantrums in a row over the wrong coloured cup is a pretty good deed (cause sadly, that doesn't always happen in our world). You are raising the next generation. You are moulding life and character and personality. You are repetitively choosing to do good deeds over and over every time you stop yourself from walking out the door and never returning (we've all been there, no judgement). You are the epitome of A GOOD DEED.


So take the pressure off yourself to be better, do better, think better. You're already mastering it with every choice to pick yourself back up. You're already setting the perfect example of what it means to do good in the world. There's no NEED to do more, cause you're already doing it. And one day, when it doesn't feel quite so difficult to get your children out of the door in the morning, when you wake up feeling a little bit fresher and ready to tackle the world, you can have a think about doing something extra. But today, when you're bone tired and wanna crawl back into bed and ignore the cries and the tantrums and the screams, just choosing to get up is enough.

Do your good deed for the day.
You got this.

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