Do Something


It seems like I have a lot of friends suffering right now. Losing parents. Miscarriages. Job loss. Illness. Sometimes it is just really clear that we live in a broken world.

I used to think there were two kinds of people. Those who are thoughtful. And those who aren’t. Those who send cards. And those who don’t. Those who people call when things start falling apart. And those who they call when they find a good sale on shoes. In these scenarios, I think I fit squarely in the second half.

I will send a meal over to you in your hour of need. Feeding people is my love language. But that seems the easy way. Getting my hands messy with stuff that involves vulnerability, that is my weak spot.

But I am stretching myself lately. It doesn’t take much effort to send a card. But it means a lot. It doesn’t take much time to make a phone call. It really doesn’t take much to show people you care.

But it does take something. Good intentions are lovely. Posting “let me know if you need anything” on Facebook doesn’t really accomplish much. As Jeff says in Satisfied 

Doing something is often better than promising everything.

I’m committing to follow through. I’m committed to small gestures that mean a lot. I’m committed to doing something even if it might not be the most needed thing. I’m even committed to more random acts of kindness to complete strangers. Who’s with me?

Your assignments for the week:

  1. Read the fourth section of Satisfied.
  2. Do the two projects on pg. 136. (thank goodness for tax time, the second one should be quick and painless)
  3. Comment here on what you learned this week about “The Challenge of Affluence”.


  1. I 100% agree that it is much better to actually do something rather than just say “let me know if you need anything”. When you are going through something huge – the last thing you have any energy for is to think of a way someone can help and then you have to do the reaching out. What I appreciate are when friends say “I’m bringing over dinner. What works better for you – Tuesday or Thursday?” Or, “I’m coming to take you to lunch on Wednesday”. Or maybe I just like food? Ha! Plus, the thoughtful cards and messages mean a lot, too. But, when people say “let me know if you need anything” – that just doesn;t help. Great post!

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