Over the weekend I read A Year of Doing Good by Judith O’Reilly. And although I was mostly unimpressed I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
This is a memoir and the basic premise is that one year Judith O’Reilly set herself the challenge of doing one good deed everyday for the whole year.
It’s a tricky challenge and I’m not sure it’s one I’d like to take on. My first thought was I don’t do many good deeds if any. But then as I read it I started thinking about what I do at CAB and how that would count. So that would be two days a week covered easily.
Some of her good deeds are pretty amazing – she helped start an initiative that raised over £10K for charity and others felt like she was reaching and really to me it seemed like they shouldn’t have counted – ringing a friend who’d been ill to see how they were or cooking a meal for a visiting family member for example.
At which point I realised that I did a really, really good deed for someone last week and forgot to tell anyone about it or blog about it. And godforbid anyone should do a good deed and keep it quiet. Because if I’ve learned one thing from reading A Year of Doing Good it’s if you’re vocal enough about these things you can
get a book deal. achieve anything
We had a barbecue after sailing last week. One of my friends bought a bottle of wine with her. I had a glass. And then because it needed using up and she had work the next day and I hate to see a friend struggling I finished the bottle for her.
It was really tough, obviously, forcing down that second glass. But someone had to do it. And sometimes you’ve just got to suck it up and take one for the team.