A favorite English professor told his freshman class:
I know many of you want to do good in my class. And you should. However, for your grade you should focus on doing well. I do want you to do good, but that would happen more so in the community as you do things that will help other people. Doing well means you will pass my class!
Paraphrasing, of course. It’s been a few years.
The point being that you can do well and do good — and you should do both.
When you do something well, it probably means you have developed a skill or have a special talent for doing that thing. You can use that skill to do good in your community!
Everyone does something well. You can use that “something” to make a difference in someone else’s life, to contribute to the greater good.Doing good doesn’t always have to be a grandiose gesture. You can deliver a bag of food to a neighbor who can’t afford groceries. You can make a financial donation to your local food bank. You can hold doors open or just offer a kind word or two to a stranger. A simple smile – or smize with your mask on – can make someone’s day.
What good will you do today?
And, remember, words have power for you to do well and to do good. Are your words working for you?