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good life – by erin trimble

Part of cultivating a good life is never dismissing a thought to do something nice for another person.

I’ve learned over the past few years that you can never go wrong by doing something kind for someone else. I think it’s everyone’s intention to serve and do nice things for others, but we let busyness or fear get in our way. We think, “What if she thinks I’m silly for showing up at her door with dinner or her favorite treat?” or “What if she doesn’t like what I bring?” Believe me, I’ve had those thoughts, too! But I’ve learned that when we act on a feeling to perform a kind deed, people are grateful and hearts are touched.

When I was pregnant with our fifth daughter, a lady from church called and said, “I’m bringing dinner for your family tonight. Is 5:30 okay?” I remember I hadn’t made plans for dinner that evening, so it was a welcomed gesture. She said she thought of us that morning and had the idea to bring us dinner. She could have thought, “Oh, they’ll be fine!” or “I don’t want to offend her by bringing dinner and suggesting she isn’t capable of making it herself.” I’m glad she didn’t listen to those doubts!

So next time you are roaming the aisles at Target and a box of Lemonheads catches your eye, making you think of your friend who loves them, throw them in your cart, then attach a note and drop them off at her doorstep. Or when you think of a friend and wonder how she’s doing, send her a quick text and let her know you are thinking of her. You can’t ever go wrong by doing something nice.


Note from Becky

I’ve known Erin since “forever ago” … probably 16 years? She is a giver, so the thoughts that she has shared are no surprise to me. She’s the kind of friend to think of those “little things” that would brighten someone’s day. She focuses a lot of her time and energy on serving others, including her beautiful family. I’m in awe of the little touches she adds to just about everything she does and am grateful that she is not only my personal friend, but also our in-house editor who makes sure that every blog post gets spell-checked.  ; )


13 Responses

  1. Your post about kind deeds made me smile. Thank you for sharing Erin. :)

    Mary from NH

  2. Michelle says:

    I agree, our good intentions and deeds should not need our assessment first…. will it be ok? Will she be insulted? It is every bit as heartwarming and uplifting to the giver as to the recipient.

  3. Whitney says:

    Lovely sentiment! Just think of how much we can brighten someone else’s day with a simple gesture. I read a quote about the only compliment wasted is one that is never given. This reminds me of that.

  4. How funny that you are showing Lemonheads! My husband had his 4 month blood check last week (it’s all good) and his oncology nurse was talking non-stop about the Lemonheads in their office that she had been eating. I tried finding a box today to mail her and could not find one! Then I check you blog Becky and here they are!

  5. Thank you for this reminder! It is always fun to hear that someone is thinking of you on any given day.

  6. Angie says:

    I love this post. A good reminder to never put off a good deed.

  7. Jaimee Howard says:

    love everything about this!!!!!

  8. Kristen says:

    Love this! Thank you for the inspiration. I am taking this to heart. Not only for friends, but family. Sometimes we get so caught up in the day to day with our own brood that we forget to do these little things for those that matter most. I know I do! :)

  9. I wholeheartedly agree with your thoughts. I’ve found that when I’m busy doing good things, including serving others often, I feel closer to my Savior. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Jan ... Waterford, MI 48329 USA says:

    Love … kindness! This is so true.

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