Maya Angelou once said, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” As I look back and reflect on all the good deeds I have done this semester, one really jumped out to me the most. The Holiday Drive. What this was, is I got together a box with towels, blankets, and a gift card to give to the veterans in Afghanistan. Although they do not know who I am, and may forget that I was the person who did this, they will never forget how happy they felt when they received this gift, just like Maya Angelou said.
Looking at what I want to study and what my major is, although I am undecided, I have pretty good idea of what I want to do. Whether I am a teacher, doctor, or nurse, just to name a few, I will always be helping people. The service project I participated most defiantly connects to what I would like to study, and my main value in life.
In the community, I believe it has a huge impact on people. Not only because they are getting things, but it shows people that there are still nice people in the world today and that they are grateful for what all the veterans do. Also, if someone else sees you doing a good deed like this, it may inspire them to do it too. Once other people are inspired by your actions, it can create a chain of good deeds, and before you know it, this world can become a better place.
Since I was in elementary school, I participated in something called “The Angel Tree Program.” What this was, was everyone who had signed up for this got an angel. The angel was a little kid who didn’t get to have the Christmas experience we get to have. They are less fortunate and would be grateful for anything. I would get a list of necessities to get for my angel such as; shoes, toothbrush, socks, underwear, and a small toy. Usually, I would go a little over board and get a few extra things that weren’t required. I would wrap it up in a gift box and bring it to my school, so they could mail it to my angel. My elementary/ middle school had this every year. As I transferred to high school, they also participated in this act of service and I carried on my good deed for the next four years. As I started college and the holiday season came back around, I wasn’t able to participate in this anymore. Thankfully for the Holiday Gift Drive, I was able to still participate in something that was so similar. This made me feel really good and the fact I got to carry out this wonderful deed for another year made me feel even better.
When people receives packages like this, how do you think it makes them feel? What if you were in their position and thought nobody thought about you or even cared about you. I know if it were me, and I received a package from an absolute stranger, it would put the biggest smile on my face. Knowing there is someone out there who cares, and appreciates me for all that I do. The smallest thing, can make a huge difference. For example, even giving someone that you pass by on your walk to class a compliment, or smile at a stranger. You may not know it, but something that small can make a persons’ whole day.
As this semester to an end, it’s ironic because one of the assignments in my English class was to make a list of all the good deeds I have done from the beginning of September all the way till the end of November. I had to make a list of good deeds that I did for myself and for others and document them each day. At the end of the assignment, I had to reflect on which good deed was the most important to me and what I felt was the best one I accomplished. The holiday gift drive to Afghanistan was what I said was the most important one to me. I stated in my essay: “As I reflect on the good deeds I have done for various people throughout these past 3 months, one really jumped out to me the most. As the holidays are approaching, I thought it would be nice to show an act of kindness towards those who don’t have the privilege to open up Christmas presents on Christmas morning like we do. I put together a box of shoes, pajamas, towels, and snacks to send to the veterans in Afghanistan. As I did this, it made me feel very grateful, thankful, and happy.” Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This quote really stood out to me the most. Like I have previously said, we can make someone’s life/day. We make a living by what we get. We get the most basic necessities and live by that. What we give, we make a life. They get what we give, and we give what we get. Our lives are made by what we get so imagine how any peoples’ lives are made when we give them their basic necessities that they can’t get on their own like we can.
All in all, good deeds are one of the most important things in life someone can do. Whether it is an act of giving something to someone, or just a smirk from across the distance. You never know what people are going through and what can mean the very most to them. As I was walking to class the other day, a random girl came up to me and told me how pretty I looked and smiled. Something that simple made me so happy and made my day. People are still out there in this world. We just have to find them and be a leader!