Do something nice on 6/19

I posted on Facebook that all I wanted for my birthday was for people to go out and do something nice for someone else.

People wish for world peace, and that’s great – but you got to take some steps. I thought about “Pay It Forward” and how that was a great movie.

So…if you were one of the people who did something nice on 6/19 in honor of my birthday – or even mistaking the Facebook share as one of your friend’s birthdays – please post what you did here. (on my blog – which is http://judyherilla.com/do-something-nice-on-6-19/ if you are reading this on the Facebook feed) THANKS!

Belated do-good-deeds are appreciated too!

I had kind of a crappy day – although there were some nice highlights. One thing that made me smile was hearing from people about the things that they were doing.

Some said “Keep this Private” and they dont like to get recognized for their good deeds.Please consider posting to my blog anyway – some of the stories are inspirational, and even though some people say – but I’m nice every day – it showed there are opportunities to stretch ourselves.

So, my personal, do something nice – I was contacted by a client that a non-profit needed help with their WordPress that had stopped working when they moved from one server to another.  Even though I had promised my fiance “no more free work”, it seemed like a perfect opportunity and a good cause.   http://allianceguinea.org

On behalf of the whole Alliance Guinea team and all our friends in Guinea – THANK YOU!!! These elections are truly historic and we so greatly appreciate your assistance for the very modest little contribution our group’s trying to make to help them be as free and fair as possible.

Happiest of birthdays to you and enjoy settling in to your new home!

with sincere appreciation,
Jennifer

31 thoughts on “Do something nice on 6/19

  1. sjgrqaves

    Making someone happy is a joy. I make my self happy in the process. My friend Lois is computer challenged. She is very sharp but computers came to her very late in life. I love to visit her and teach her how to do something on the computer. It is simple but always so appriciated, that I glow when I am done. Saturd…ay I taught her how to make a CD of the pictures on her computer. I am so lucky to have a friend I can help. Then we went to lunch. Outside the restaraunt a woman asked me for $1.00. I did my usual defensive thing and said “no”. Then I remembered “Precious”, the movie, and the lesson I learned watching that movie. Well, I appologized to the woman for saying no, and told her I should not have don that. Then gave her the dollar. That made a great day.

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    1. Judy Post author

      Haha. Your reference to Precious made me smile. :) You are awesome for spreading your tech skills around. It makes for a good feeling. :)

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  2. Anonymous

    [I have removed the contact info for this person - if they want me to I will put it back - but they seemed to want to be anonymous]

    I went to a funeral home to see a neighbor who had lost his wife this week, i helped take care of his yard while he was at the nursing home with her all day for many months. i listened while a friend poured out his heart about an old flame, and gave him some sound advice about getting closure. i made a contribution to the food bank. i am performing with my band at a food bank charity event, and i am hosting my fifth annual event for the food bank, contributing all proceeds. thanks for doing this. hope we can all fill a page with good deeds and keep them coming. never let your right hand know what your left hand is doing. in other words, when you make a contribution to something, don’t shout it from the mountain top, just quietly live your life and be an example to others, including those in your own household. i shared this with you, but i don’t want it published. thanks! glad you had a nice time on your birthday.

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    1. Judy Post author

      I approved your comment and removed your contact info.

      I wanted to show examples of what you did, and respond to your comment.
      You are an inspiration, and I wanted to get the word out somehow.

      Judy

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  3. Dan Yarnall

    I taught a friend of mine, Ed to brew his very first batch of beer. It’s an English Nut Brown Ale!!! Yum-o!

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  4. Mark Bloss

    Well, we went to the Lehigh River Blues Jam and had a great time. It was hard to find anyone who wasn’t having a good time. Two things stuck out as good deeds though. One of the band members mothers, lost her car key somewhere in the crowd. When we heard of it my girlfriend and I decided to partake in the search. Unfortunately we did not find it, but as we were looking, we inspired several other people to get up and start looking also. I think in this way, we helped spread the good deed atmosphere. Another thing was jsut being gracious to someone I knew who won a 50/50 drawing on a ticket that that should have been mine. The ticket lady shorted me three tickets and the winning ticket was the third one. I’d have probably wasted the money on more beer anyway. Oops! Did I say wasted? I didn’t quite mean that. LOL Anyway, I hope your birthday went well.

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    1. Judy Post author

      Waste beer? Never! Glad you were able to spread the good deed atmosphere. Its funny hwo sometimes we sit there numb until we see someone else start it. Way to go. Poor lady – hope she found them!

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  5. Joe Brandt

    I did a lot of my usual “good deeds” kind of things, but most of those were ‘scheduled’. I cut the grass at our church, put up awnings at my mother-in-laws, etc.
    BUT… I did see a woman in the grocery store who was juggling a few odd things, as well as two 12-packs of pop. I went to the front of the store, grabbed a shopping cart and took it back to her in the middle of the store before she dropped everything. She seemed grateful, but she didn’t flash me or anything to express herself. :)

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    1. Judy Post author

      Not all woman thank men in this way, Joe. You are just lucky in this way I think. And so was she to get help – hope she spread some goodness on!

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  6. Jennie

    Happy
    Birthday Judy!
    I decided to take my kids swimming as we had not gone swimming for about a year and the kids have been really begging to go:) This made them super happy and I was happy seeing them enjoy themselves at the pool:) While at the pool a little impromptue group lesson began with my kids and another family as to how to float and swim on their backs, everyone was happy when they could finally do it:) Happy birthday again!
    Jennie, Jesse, and JOnah

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    1. Judy Post author

      I am so glad that they were able to enjoy their day at the pool and learn to float! I was terrified of swimming as a child, having been pushed in by a cousin who thought i knew how. Great that they are picking up the essential skills now! :)

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  7. D_B

    I encouraged a teenager to do his best in competition with adults. His confidence carried him 2 rounds. It was his first tournament and I know he’ll be back for the next one.

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  8. Pam G

    I had a pleasant lunch with my mom at her house, which she seemed to appreciate. In the evening, I went to a rather boring and poorly attended 30th high school reunion. I listened patiently and nodded and smiled politely while many people I hadn’t seen in 30 years and will probably not ever see again told me about their children and grandchildren. Since I have neither and the entire evening seemed to revolve around this I didn’t have much to say and felt really out of place. Out of a class of 800, only about 60 attended, including spouses. I was glad a friend of mine drove in from Ohio to join me for the dinner portion of the evening as otherwise I would have known only one or two others at the entire event. It was sort of an odd evening. It ended up not being a very “pay it forward” kind of a day/night but I’m sure new opportunities will arise for all in the days and weeks to come! :) At least the lunch with in my mother’s kitchen while listening to her “Big Band” music was OK. We don’t get to see each other very often and she always seems excited to have a visitor.

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    1. Judy Post author

      Pam – Im glad you were able to do that for your mom. It reminded me of listening to country while visiting my dad. Appropriate memory for today. :)
      Also glad your friend from Ohio was there to rescue you! :)

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  9. Jase

    I was up at McConnels Mills yesterday and a woman volenteer was stuck moving a bunch of benches. I walked over seeing that she had a bum knee. I asked then moved 10 benches for her. After I was done. I said that is my good deed for a friend of mine who requested that a good deed be done in her name on her birthday. She said “I hope she has a birthday every day!” I said is there anything else, she said no, and said Tell your friend happy birthday and thank you!

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    1. Judy Post author

      Jase that was nice of you! Hmmm…birthdays every day? Nah, just one a year but I totally appreciate you passing along this birthday wish! :)

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  10. Jason Lentz

    The company I’ve been working for (again) has been experiencing some uncertain times with regards to keeping everyone employed. In October, about 80% of the team was laid off, including me, and I was recently brought back on only to find out that the new project was canceled just 3 weeks later. So understandably, there’s definitely some concern floating around with regards to the stability of everyone’s future with the team. I know I can’t do a whole lot to actually help with this, but when I saw this shirt on sale at shirt woot, I knew I need to get one for each of the team members.

    Here’s the image on the shirt:

    Hopefully the shirts will arrive before the next big meeting where the executives dole out the final batch of bad news. If the do arrive in time, I’ll be sure to hand them out right before the next suspiciously impromptu meeting so that we’re all prepared. Better safe than sorry!

    P.S. If this post doesn’t allow my img tags, then you can see the image by clicking on the links

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    1. Judy Post author

      Jason I saw your posting on Facebook.
      LOVED THEM! How cool you got them for everyone!
      Here is the image. t-shirts

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  11. Tim Nolan

    I was selling something on Craigslist, and when the guy came by, I just gave it to him, no charge. I am trying to get rid of baggage before moving to San Francisco, both karmic and otherwise.:)

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    1. Judy Post author

      Ohh…I didnt know you were moving to San Fran! That was super ice of you – what a surprise the guy was in for! :)

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  12. Tom Hodges

    A good deed to someone on the 19th was hard for me as I was getting ready for a business trip and taking care of the honey do list.
    We all did go to a friends graduation party for a few hours and I had the opportunity to help an elderly gentleman arriving with awheeled walker get down the steps to the party. I am glad he made it a great old guy who had lots of good stories to share. I guess that was good for me on fathers day weekend – cause my dad is not here anymore to do that kind of thing.
    Today’s good deeds were helping a lady on the plane with the closing the air vent – she was freezing & playing/teaching a Spanish only speaking boy (sitting beside me) some numbers and colors in English (my chance to be a father figure) on fathers day when I wasn’t home

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    1. Judy Post author

      Tom – your examples really touched me – how kind of you to help that man and the boy! Wow. Thanks for the share!

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  13. Joyce

    I took the time to really listen to a co-worker’s demo tape (he plays guitar & has a band ) and found I didn’t even have to fudge when I told him I liked it!

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  14. Gonzo

    I exported a surprise birthday party to my daughters house with 4 hours notice… funny how things just fall into your lap… and then turned all the kids lose with a set of electric clippers… man did they have super fun with them! Now I’m shaved bald! happy, Happy, HAPPY Birthday!

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  15. Swarn

    I’m afraid I didn’t quite meet all the requirements as this wasn’t something I don’t normally do. But I did use your birthday to stop putting off something I have meant to do for a few months, and that’s to sponsor a second child through Save The Children. Happy Birthday Judy!

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  16. elyssa

    My yard is full of flowers from the beginning of Spring through the Summmer: roses, lillies, tulips, lilac, gladiolas….. I’ve decided to cut flowers periodically and put them on the sidewalk for passers-by to have. No one took them until I added a note:

    FREE take them and share with a loved one

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  17. scott boguslawski

    i found a litter of newborn kittens in my shed. i didn’t kill or even disturb them. i have even shuffled projects so that i wouldn’t disturb them

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