Two hundred and eighty-six

“Talking isn’t doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.”
-William Shakespeare (a Shakespeare quote in honour of my friend who is leaving to move back to New York City and who I will miss dearly)

What is a ‘good deed’?

I’ve been trying to do all these ‘good deeds’ without truly defining it.  What exactly is a good deed?  Here are a few definitions and synonyms:

good deed, Thesaurus.com

Definition: act of kindness
Synonyms: accommodation, aid, assistance, benevolence, courtesy, favor, good turn, help, kind deed, kindly act, kindness, special favor

good deed, Moby Thesaurus II, onlinedictionary.datasegment.com

act of grace, act of kindness, benefaction, benefit, benevolence, benignity, blessing, courtesy, favor, good offices, good turn, grace, kind deed, kind offices, kindly act, kindness, labor of love, mercy, mitzvah, obligation, office, service, turn

good deed, dictionary.babylon.com

kind act, nice deed, favor
actions which help others

It seems a good deed can be any action that shows kindness to others, so I’m on the right track.

I’ve done a few small good deeds over the past week that are worth mentioning, but not worth a full post (this month has made me hyper-aware of opportunities where I can help out, although most them I would have done anyways in any other month).  I gave directions to a stranger.  I bought an old friend a secret beer when I ran into him at my pub and had one of the other servers bring it over to him.  I took a friend out for dinner who doesn’t have very much money.  I drove some friends home, out of my way. I feel a bit like writing about them has taken away the good deed a little, though…

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