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. ; )