The Japanese have a saying, “Ichi nichi, ichi zen.” It means “One good deed per day.” I have no idea how long the saying has been around, but I’m pretty sure it must be a few hundred years old. The thought is not exactly new.
My spiritual training says that we should do one thing every day just for love. In other words, we should be sure do do things that will benefit others, or benefit the world in general for no other reason than that it is the right thing to do. We do this whether anybody notices or acknowledges our actions, and we do it with no expectation of reward of any kind.
That’s how the angels work. Every once in a while, you hear of someone who had a miraculous meeting with a helpful being who may have looked like a regular human being at the time, but later he or she realized that the person who helped could not possibly have been human. You never hear tell of an angel who hung around for a tip or a thank-you, or who said, “By the way, my name’s Gabriel. Be sure to put in a good word for me with the Big Guy Upstairs, will ya?” No, what you hear are stories of people who were “touched by an angel” who completely and mysteriously disappeared and could never be found.
What will your good deed be today? Remember, it should be something that nobody will notice, but something that will benefit others. Maybe you will decide to pick up stray towels and pieces of toilet paper from the floor in a public bathroom. Maybe you will pick up some trash in your neighborhood, or write a letter or send a surprise gift to someone you know who is recovering from surgery. Maybe you will donate some good, used clothing to a women’s shelter or pay for the order of the next person in line after you at your favorite coffee shop. Whatever you do, do it just for love. Every day. 🙂