Every once in awhile you stumble upon an opportunity to do something good. Completely by chance or coincidence, it sneaks up on you and an idea comes to life.
Some people don't recognize these opportunities, and some just straight out ignore them. Sometimes there are obstacles that can't be overcome and stop you before you can start. I had an opportunity to do a good deed this week, and luckily (knock on wood) everything has fallen into place.
I haven't had a chance to do something truly selfless in quite awhile. No monetary reward, no immediate payoff, no name in the spotlight. Just doing good for no reason.
It starts with that seed of an idea, and then you mull it over. Is it feasible? Does it have a drawback? Then the progression of practicality starts, the plan of action starts fleshing itself out, each step leading into another, and snowballing until it becomes a solid strategy.
Do we have the resources to make it happen? Can we offer an opportunity?
Will I drive my coworkers nuts with my endless questions "What do you think of this?"
I was extremely lucky with this, in that I work with exceptionally generous and creative people, and for a company that takes good care of its image and reputation as being a community supporter.
There are those that throw mud, sling lies around and ignore common courtesy. There are those that doubt us, ask questions and probe for more details, trying to trip us up. And there are those who are loyal, supportive and genuinely non-biased, who take everything in stride and look at all sides of the story.
We come across all types of people and personalities, but even in the face of such mud slinging, it is so nice to know that we can ignore all that and focus on good deeds.
Capital G — double oh — dee, good. Not for profit, maybe for a little PR, but deep down inside the Idea Seed started with just looking to help some kids.
I have to deeply thank my coworkers for their patience, creativity and endless proofs and revisions, for their advice, their recommendations and resources, for their connections and influence.
In the near future we will be helping a local group of kids have just a little more. Nothing big or flashy, but just something truly good come to life.