Have you ever felt a strong urge that comes out of nowhere? That nagging feeling that you should call a friend, visit a family member, or make a donation to charity? I am a firm believer that The Universe works in mysterious ways. If you’re prompted to do good for someone, don’t think twice, just do it. I have been guilty of this. We all have. An opportunity arises to help someone and we hesitate. The moment passes without us taking action. There was a commercial a couple of years ago that encouraged people to do nice things for each other. It all started with a guy who picks up a dropped toy and returns it to a little girl in a stroller. That one act of kindness starts a chain reaction, that finishes with the same guy being helped in return. What goes around, comes around.
When you find yourself in that situation, how many times do you say to yourself, “Yeah, I should help.”, but for whatever reason, you don’t follow through. Last year I discovered an inspirational video on YouTube. It was Mel Robbins. She’s a real hoot, but it’s what she said at the end of her Ted Talk that has turned into a phenomenon. I am referring to The 5 Second Rule. The rule is simple. If you feel the urge to do something, act on it immediately. Don’t put it off. Obviously, I’m not talking about robbing a bank or dropping your paycheck on the craps table. The 5 Second Rule is about performing spur of the moment acts of kindness, or tasks you may have been putting off for a long time. It’s a great way to get off your butt and get stuff done.
A couple of weeks ago my son Jeff came home for the weekend. Part of the reason for his visit, outside of getting his laundry done, was to pick out a new cell phone at Best Buy. After about half an hour, we left the store with a new phone for Jeff and a new movie for me. As we were walking to my car, I heard a clattering sound and then heard someone say, “Oh no.” I was about to keep walking when I felt that familiar nudge. I turned around and went back to check it out. A rather large lady had dropped her cell phone and was contemplating un-wedging herself from her car to get it. I jogged over and picked it up for her. She thanked me and her passenger gave an “Awww”. It only took me a couple of seconds, but it just might have made that lady’s day. Maybe that’s what life’s all about. Adding a few more of those “Awww” moments to our lives whenever we can. It’s something to keep in mind. Remember, when you feel that little push to do something good, don’t think twice.
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