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I've made a commitment: to do one good deed per day. Large or small, it doesn't matter. Self-sacrificing or not, extraordinary or mundane, it doesn't matter. Just one thing every day, that's all.

The more I do good, the better I feel about myself. Truly, to benefit others is to benefit yourself. I hope this journal may inspire others who also yearn to do good. So join me on this journey, if you will, and think about the difference you can make in your own life.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Do you wanna talk to me?

As I was walking home today, I passed an elderly Japanese lady. She gave me a sort of half-look, not really looking at me yet strangely eager, and walked past me. I could have nodded politely and kept on walking as well. But I chose to turn and look directly at her. Her face warmed and we struck up a conversation. Apparently she'd been living in a house neighboring mine for three years. Who knows how many times she'd seen me and wanted to talk to "that strange foreigner," but didn't quite have the opportunity or the guts? Sometimes all it takes is a turn of the head to invite a cross-cultural encounter.

ONE GOOD DEED: Non-verbally invite a conversation with a neighbor I'd never met before.

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