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.
$38 million worth of information
Have we lost our ability to think?
Your local Borders is still open?! Man are you lucky. Mine are all shut. 🙁
No, they’re not anymore. That’s why the book was priced at $1.95 I think.
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?
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.