After seeing Linda Cohen speak a few years ago, I was impelled to read her book, 1,000 Mitzvahs, How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire, and Change Your Life.
To help her grieve after the death of her father, she performed a different Mitzvah – Hebrew for “good deed” or “charitable act” – every day for 1,000 days. The book is a collection of vignettes that describes each mitzvah and its (sometimes unexpected) outcome.
I hope what just struck you was “1,000.” To me, it has two wildly important implications:
1. 1,000 days – if I do my math right (and thank you, God, for calculators) – is 2.73972603 years. But let’s just round it up to 3 years. So for 3 years, she did a good deed every single day.
2. It’s not just about writing a check. There’s more than one way to give back. There are more than 1,000 ways to give back. And each has it’s own impact and effect on a situation or circumstance – most likely leaving it in a better place than it was before.
And I find both of these notions super exciting and promising.
Part of being at this stage in life is a yearning to give back in new and different ways. Ways that directly add to the bottom line of life.
Because of urge, we are bringing you a new column called “Impactfully Good.”
As many may know, our co-founder, Susan McPherson, runs a corporate social responsibility (CSR) consultancy, McPherson Strategies. Her company develops, amplifies and communicates social responsibility and philanthropic initiatives.
In other words, she really knows how to give. And she’s going to guide us each week through the various ways we can perform our mitzvahs. So stay tuned for next Monday when we run the first official column.
Until then, here are some fantastic resources to get your juices flowing about the art of doing the deed.
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“No one is useless in this worldwho lightens the burdens of another.”
― Charles Dickens
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