acts of kindness
and sensible acts of beauty
Remember those bumper stickers,
"Random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beautify?"
People would do things like pay tolls for the car behind them.
Well, that was nice, but from my perspective, here's what's really
1. Find a broken link
on a site? Get an "invalid address" response to
your email? Tell the webmaster. I'm convinced the Link Gremlins
visit my site while I'm sleeping and destroy a few links just
2. Use "bcc"
when you send a message to unrelated strangers, even if they're
united by membership in your subscription list. . Gently remind
others who forget.
3. Scoop for your dog.
If everybody did, we'd be welcome in more places.
4. Deny the joys of
parenthood to family members with fur and whiskers.
You say, "I wouldn't
want that done to me?"
Well, you also wouldn't want to snooze on a sunny windowsill
or be walked on a leash three times a day.
5. Love thy neighbor in
Turn the music down before
3 AM. Avoid blasting the horn to when you arrive to take your
friend to church on Sunday morning.
6. Don't ask strangers about their parents, siblings,
children and spouses.
Their relatives may be dead,
disappeared and/or locked up. Get to know them first.
7. Don't ask strangers
about their religious beliefs.
Especially: On a crowded
airplane if you're in the next seat. On their doorsteps at eight
o'clock on Saturday morning. On a job interview.
8. If you're going to
call someone at 5 AM, dial the number carefully. VERY carefully.
9. Create a simple, one-step
process for subscribers who want to remove themselves from
your mailing list.
One e-list requires entering a long-forgotten password that leads
to an incomprehensible website. The webmaster says, "The
other ten thousand subscribers are doing fine." I suspect
9,999 of them can't be bothered to leave.
10. Ask your cable company,
TV station and favorite newspaper for more responsible programming.
More women's sports, especially basketball. Fewer pseudo-boot
Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D.
Author, Career Consultant, Speaker
*Fast Track to Career Freedom*