Recently I ventured into my local Borders and came across a bargain of a book. For $1.95 “The Good Deed Guide – Simple Ways To Make The World A Better Place” by James and Lisa Grace, was mine. Now it had been reduced multiple times but I didn’t let that put me off.

Who doesn’t want to make the world a better place? Most parents will tell this is their sole purpose in life.

We want to make the world a better place, we want to leave the world in a better condition than what we received it and we want to raise thoughtful, generous, charitable human beings.

And now there is a book that can help us with that.

So what could this book teach me that I didn’t already instinctively know?

Well it has a How to Help an Injured Bird. Okay that could be useful but never in my 37 years have I had to rescue bird. But I’m not dead yet, anything could happen.

How to Treat a Child’s Skinned Knee. Okay this one is a bit much no? Isn’t this something that we just know how to do? Step no. 6 (with illustration) directs us to give the ‘boo boo’ a kiss. So just in case you forgot to bring emotion to the situation.

Find me someone who hasn’t had a skinned knee in their life, rendering them hopeless because they are unable to draw on past experience.

How to Save Someone Who is Choking’. Good. Helpful.

How to Arrange a Bouquet of Flowers.” Is that a good deed for me?

How to visit someone in Hospital’. Really?

How to take a photo for strangers’. What?

It’s not all bad. There are some good ones too.
How to confront prejudice;
How to help someone overcome their fear of flying;
How to become an organ donor;
How to give blood

We really are obsessed with finding information in a book?

Now this is an American book so it has a section in there about ‘How to Shovel Snow’

Well I don’t need that in Sydney but I am an expert as that old saying goes ‘pushing shit uphill with a stick’. There’s one you don’t find in a book. That’s life teaching you a lesson.

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  • At 2011.06.02 00:54, Kleonaptra said:

    Your local Borders is still open?! Man are you lucky. Mine are all shut. 🙁

    • At 2011.06.03 14:09, Maria said:

      No, they’re not anymore. That’s why the book was priced at $1.95 I think.

    • At 2011.06.03 00:30, Christine L said:

      I had to rescue an injured kookaburra from my front yard earlier this year – we had no idea what to do but catch it & take it the vet. Wonder if reading the book I would’ve done things differently?

      • At 2011.06.03 14:11, Maria said:

        Doubt it. The book is full of logical stuff like, gently pick the bird up and put it in a box. Close the lid slowly to not freak the bird out etc.

        Maybe your kookaburra laughed a little too hard and fell out of the tree.

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