Many years ago, when my daughter was in grade school, we were notified from her school that she had gotten caught doing good and was sent to the office to meet with the Principal. I know, read that again. She got caught doing something good and they “wrote her up” and sent her to the principal.
Apparently, a teacher had watched her pick up some garbage, that she had not thrown down, and put it in the garbage can. They wrote her up and sent her packing to the Principal’s office. The Principal beefed her up, encouraged her, thanked her and wrote up the paper-work to send home.
Yes, Lindsey Oaks, had done something good and had gotten caught!
She was deeply impacted. Her parents were deeply impacted.
Life lesson: What do you do when you catch someone doing good? MAKE AN ISSUE OUT OF IT! Say thank you. Send a card. Make a social media post. Blab it. Write it up and tell it.
For many years, our church threw a very tasty Thanksgiving feast for the sanitation workers in our city. We took pans of homemade food and served them while they feasted. We gave away gifts and prizes. We thanked them. We blessed them and prayed blessings on them.
I think the impact is multiplied when we acknowledge and thank people for their “goodness” when we don’t know them.
Mother Theresa told the following story:
One evening we went out, and we picked up four people from the street. And one of them was in a most terrible condition. I told the sisters, "You take care of the other three; I will take care of the one who looks worst." So I did for her all that my love could do. I put her in bed, and there was such a beautiful smile on her face. She took hold of my hand as she said two words only: "Thank you." Then she died.
I could not help but examine my conscience before her. And I asked: What would I say if I were in her place? And my answer was very simple. I would have tried to draw a little attention to myself. I would have said, "I am hungry, I am dying, I am in pain," or something. But she gave me much more; she gave me her grateful love. And she died with a smile on her face. Gratitude brings a smile and becomes a gift.
A dying lady caught Mother Theresa doing good.
A dying lady said “thank you” and Mother Theresa was impacted.
After noticing something good they had done, I used to enjoy calling staff members into my office. When they would arrive I would instruct them to shut the door. “Sit down,” I would say. As the seriousness of the moment began to dawn on their psyche, I would look them in the eye and say, “You did a great job today.” Relieved, they would be obviously moved. Other people in their lives often told me the impact that moment had on their friend.
It takes so little effort and the impact is so huge.
I dare you today, catch someone doing good and make an issue out of it!