I’ve been thinking a lot this week, as I often do, about doing the right thing.
It’s something I’ve got a real bee in my bonnet about at the moment, because I always feel like I’m fighting a losing battle. There is always someone with something negative to say, however hard I try.
Whilst I tend to consider this predominantly in regard to myself, I also notice it in regard to people who are close to me.
An example over the past couple of weeks was when a friend of mine performed a random act of kindness.
Mel is a professional photographer. She is freelance so her livelihood depends on being paid for the work she does.
And yet over Easter, she decided to make somebody’s day by performing a random act of kindness.
She left an envelope containing a voucher for a photo shoot on a bench for somebody to find. These photo shoots usually cost people £90.
Mel then posted this on her Facebook page, letting her customers know what she had done. If they were so inclined, her local customers could even get out there and find it.
As you can imagine, the majority of people responded really positively to this. And yet there was somebody who commented that she was just after free publicity.
I felt a bit wronged by this on Mel’s behalf. Whilst a lot of people did see her Facebook post due to the positive response, she hadn’t asked for publicity and giving away something to the value of £90 to make somebody’s day is hardly free.
I replied to the comment to say that I felt saddened that somebody had something negative to say about a selfless act. The person who had commented then deleted it.
Perhaps I was wrong to stick my oar in, we all have our own battles after all.
But I do feel that we can’t do right for doing wrong these days. Even trying to do a selfless act can be perceived negatively.
I suppose I had no chance of pleasing everyone when I tried to do the right thing by taking on a rescue puppy. Nonetheless, she is doing fabulously and for us, it was definitely the right thing to do.
The girls have had another busy week this week and have ended up tired after numerous late nights. Tonight was no exception, as we had visitors and went out for dinner.
And yet, they always find time to give each other a cuddle before bed. So here is our Thursday Photo #49. Tired, past their bedtime and still relatively chirpy.