• Aaron R. Ballantyne

Good Deeds and Social Media

This week’s topic is Good Deeds and Social Media.

Let me just start by saying that I believe people should share their good deeds, share what they do for others on social media and here’s why.

If you do good deeds and let others know, then you’ll automatically get praise for if it’s something commendable, that can’t be helped.

But if the INTENT of what you’re sharing is to encourage and inspire others to do the same, meaning you’re not simply doing it for recognition, there is a huge difference. If you post good deeds simply to gain recognition, likes or to seem like a better person than you really are, then the deed isn’t genuine. The viewers may not be able to tell the difference, but I’m not concerned with that, I’m concerned about what the actual post is a capable of doing.

Seeing a person on social media who gives back to a community or donates food to the homeless, I don’t automatically think that person is doing it for likes or recognition. Instead, it reminds me that there are good people out there, people who actually care and are avid givers of themselves.

It encourages me to do the same and actually makes me feel good when taken into contrast with my own life. Let me explain.

Let’s say you’re feeling down, for whatever reason. You feel betrayed by a friend, a girlfriend, you feel discouraged, unmotivated, whatever the case is...then you see someone nursing a beaten, homeless dog back to health. Let me give you a rundown of my thoughts and how the act relates to me.

Whether the person is an animal-lover or not, what goes through my mind is that the person cares and demonstrates it genuinely, he/she is investing time and effort into something, without the guarantee that the same effort and love will be reciprocated. That is selflessness; that is genuine giving.

Even if this genuineness is manufactured, fabricated, even if it’s only posted for likes; the same way someone can fake this is the same way someone can do it genuinely, and THAT is where the inspiration comes from.

Now apply that to your own life. If you feel that you don’t have someone in your life who is willing to do the same or simply don’t have anyone who does, simply seeing a video like this serves as hope, as reassurance that selfless people are still out there and very much doing what they love to do simply because it’s who they are.

They’re not concerned with how people will see them or think people will think they’re only doing it for recognition, they just do; they do unapologetically and they do genuinely.

You have no idea how what you share will impact someone else, but you can’t be responsible for every other human’s thoughts. If the INTENT of what you post is to encourage, motivate and inspire others to do the same, then you shouldn’t have to worry what anyone else thinks. Just do you.

I'd love to hear what you think, so feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail letting me know your thoughts on Good Deeds and Social Media.

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