Tuesday, December 9, 2008

You Want Fries With That?

Today's good deed had a funny turn for me!

I stopped to pick up a healthy and nutritious dinner to nourish the bodies of my family.

But that restaurant doesn't exist so I went to Taco Bell.

I went in because I knew it would take a bit to order since I had no clue what to get for the kids (we hardly ever eat at Taco Bell so I had to actually read the menu so I could order for them).

I did the $1 to benefit a local charitable organization for teens.

And I asked the manager to please run my card to pay for the next person in the drive through.

She hopped to it and all was good.

The restaurant is empty... I'm filling my drinks as I wait for my order to come up.

Then there is this attractive blond woman at my side... "Did you pay for my dinner?" Yes. "You didn't have to do that!" I know... but...

And then she tried to hand me money! She tried to pay me back!

I explained that it was just a good deed, a brightening of her day or holiday season... pay it forward... etc.

The manager and I spoke more and I explained to her that I had challenged myself to this Daily Good Deed mission. To do purposefully good deeds, to go beyond nice and pleasant and be intentionally kind and giving.

So I guess it was tri-deed. The dollar to the charity group. Buying some one's dinner. And maybe inspiring the manager to be more aware of her opportunities to do good deeds!


  1. Very interesting that she tried to pay you back. Says a lot about how difficult it can be to RECEIVE a gift.

  2. I found it so odd! I don't know if she just didn't get it or thought there was some mix up or what... but you are right. Sometimes folks just don't seem to think they need or deserve giving... and we all do!

  3. I do think that receiving is much harder than giving for many people.

    Pay it forward is such a great concept, and something that people seem to really enjoy, once they get the hang of it.

    Also, if you give something to someone, it makes it more comfortable for them to accept it, I think, if you've told them to just "Pay it forward." That way, they can think of it, if they want, as having paid you back, but just giving it to another person!


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