There is a certain beauty to anonymity. This is especially true when it comes to giving to others. Remember those times when you were a “Secret Santa” or you left a rose behind for the object of your romantic feelings? Watching the other person trying to determine the identity of their benefactor was thrilling.
We live in an age where ego rules supreme. When we go out of our way to perform good deeds in the world; it usually comes with a catch. Any charitable actions on our part are usually tied to a corporate public relations strategy or the need to inflate our resumes. Our name, be it corporate or personal, needs to be embedded in the “press release” that will be undoubtedly tied to our acts of kindness.
There is an inherent need for all of us to give of ourselves. When we perform a kind act on behalf of another person, it triggers the pleasure center that lies actively within each of us. However, when that giving is tied to an agenda, the gift is weakened. There is no nobler act than to give of yourself to others, knowing that you will receive no credit whatsoever.
Here is your chance to magnify that “I feel so good inside” feeling. Shovel a neighbor’s walk quietly or scrape the frost off of their windshield. Pick up that piece of litter sitting next to the trash can in the park. Choose a person in the phone book, send them a card with no return address, let them know that you care about them as a fellow human being, and do not sign your name!
Caring has a tendency to build momentum. The cliché of “what goes around comes around” is incredibly well-worn. But there is truth in that simple adage. Who knows? You might just ignite a powder keg of kind words and noble deeds on a global scale!