A Good Deed For The Day : Unconditional

While I was out earlier, I was walking towards what I presume now to be a mother and daughter on bicycles.  As I got past, I heard one had developed a problem.

“You OK?”, I shouted.  She replied that she was, but I could tell that the chain had fallen off given how fast her feet were whizzing round but she was going nowhere and falling sideways.

Now, I know I can put a chain back on a bike so I asked, “Do you want me to fix it?”  I instantly regretted asking because if I couldn’t, I’d look like an idiot.  You simply pull round the derailleur and put the chain back on to the chainring.  Spin the pedals a few times to test and jobsagudden.

Only the sodding derailleur was completely stiff!  That was probably why the chain fell off in the first place. I began to panic! “Make conversation,” I thought.  Turns out they were German.  Finally I got the thing to budge, put the chain back on, wished them a good evening and walked away.

As I did so, I could hear my deceased grandmother tell me that I’d done my good deed for the day.  It’s kind of a weird phrase, but one that I think most people have heard of?  Why only do one good deed a day?

Apparently it has its origins in the Scouts.  This is the only idea I can find from a cursory glance through Google.  In the Boy Scout Oath was the obligation to “do a good deed for somebody every day”.  I kind of wish I’d have got a badge for fixing the bike considering my hands were then covered in oil!

And that brings me nicely to “no good deed goes unpunished”.  On the face of it, that looks stupid, and to decipher it one needs to think a little outside the box.  All I got for my good deed was a thank you.  I know that sounds unfair, I didn’t fix the bike conditionally.

There are some circumstances, though, where you can do good things for people not because you want something in return, but the good deed doesn’t quite proportionally reinforce the relationship you had with that person.  Say you feed someone’s pet while they’re on holiday, help them with washing and tidying, drive them miles to pick up a toilet seat etc etc…  It still doesn’t mean that a few months later they’ll decide that they never want to talk to you again.

You can question why you bothered – I think that’s a first instinctive reaction.  You bothered because it was the right thing to do, so you can not like the fact you even questioned it.

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the unconditional aspect of love or anything else for that matter.  I think that it’s a hard concept for some people, and that’s sad; to always have a suspicion that someone is after something and that they always have a motive or that you need to keep a balance in the relationship.

I was in the supermarket earlier in the week and an old guy knocked something off a shelf my mistake.  He couldn’t bend to pick it up, so I shouted to him to leave it and I’d get it.  At no stage (I’m sorry if this makes me sound big headed) did I think that I’d get something for it and I don’t think at any stage did he think he should give me something in return as we shared a joke and went about our ways.

As it happens, I did get something for fixing the bike.  As I walked back to the car, Pokémon Go gyms came back online and I was first to most of the area!  I’m just waiting for the bad part to arrive!

Eleka nahmen nahmen
Ah tum ah tum eleka nahmen
Eleka nahmen nahmen
Ah tum ah tum eleka nahmen

Let his flesh not be torn
Let his blood leave no stain
Though they beat him
Let him feel no pain
Let his bones never break
And however they try
To destroy him
Let him never die…
Let him never die…

Eleka nahmen nahmen
Ah tum ah tum eleka nahmen
Eleka nahmen nahmen
Ah tum ah tum eleka: eleka:

What good is this chanting?
I don’t even know what I’m reading!
I don’t even know what trick I ought to try
Fiyero, where are you?
Already dead, or bleeding?
One more disaster I can add to my
Generous supply?

No good deed goes unpunished
No act of charity goes unresented
No good deed goes unpunished
That’s my new creed
My road of good intentions
Led where such roads always lead
No good deed
Goes unpunished!

Doctor Dillamond

One question haunts and hurts
Too much, too much to mention:
Was I really seeking good
Or just seeking attention?
Is that all good deeds are
When looked at with an ice-cold eye?
If that’s all good deeds are
Maybe that’s the reason why

No good deed goes unpunished
All helpful urges should be circumvented
No good deed goes unpunished
Sure, I meant well –
Well, look at what well-meant did:
All right, enough – so be it
So be it, then:
Let all Oz be agreed
I’m wicked through and through
Since I can not succeed
Fiyero, saving you
I promise no good deed
Will I attempt to do again
Ever again
No good deed
Will I do again!

No Good Deed from Wicked!

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