Challenge 38 was to perform a kind deed at least once a week before being asked. They don’t have to be anything big just something unexpected that will make someone feel better, appreciated or happy. After just one attempt I can tell you it’s not as easy as you’d think even though I was determined to get started straight away.
Week 1: The first week started with my Birthday on 5 August and I decided that was the perfect time for a random kind deed. I was going out for a meal with family and friends and decided that the perfect thing to do after all the effort everyone had put in to making my birthday special was to pay for the meal. Mambo Wine and Dine in South Shields has been one of my favourite places to go for a drink since it opened but I’d never had a meal there so wasn’t sure what to expect but I have to say the meal was fantastic.
As I hadn’t told anyone I was planning on paying everyone happily ordered whatever they wanted with choices ranging from pasta and pizza to steak and lobster. We also had a bottle of my favourite Prosecco as well as cocktails and other drinks so when the bill arrived I have to say I was a little nervous about what I had planned but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised (I think £25 a head including drinks was very reasonable). So as everyone started to get out their money I told them to put it away as I was paying. From the reaction I got you would think I’d just said we should all run off without paying the bill at all. It took me a good 10 minutes to persuade everyone that I should pay and they only agreed when in the end I suggested they all give the money they would have spent to the charity I will be supporting (to be announced in the next few days) so that will be a good start towards the £5,000 I want to raise. Then when I was telling the waiter why I was paying on my Birthday he asked if they could help. Of course I said yes and he came back a few minutes later with some vouchers to be used in the bar or restaurant for me to raffle for charity. My first kind deed brought a smile to everyone’s face, raised money for charity and made meet feel very good. The saying One Good Turn Deserves Another was never more appropriate.