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What Is Doing Good?

March 12, 2019

In the last post it was said “we do good by doing a good”.  That might raise the question of just what is good or a good?

We know, it comes under the headings of kindness, compassion, a listening heart, charity,…….

So how do you do good or a good, or know what is good?

Let’s start with

“That which is hateful to you, do not do unto others” – Hillel.

Make a list of “that which is hateful to you”.  As you make the list, think of the times that those things were done to you and how that made you feel.  Keep in mind that done to you also means said to you.  Remember the list and let it be a guide as you are about to do to another or say to another.

Just like the development of any good habit, with enough repetition, you won’t have to consciously refer to the list.

The people you come into contact with might consciously or unconsciously pick up that same habit.  Wouldn’t that be good!

Never forget in all you say and do to elevate yourself.  Never allow an unkind to cause you to respond in kind.

Here are some things I’m sure we would all not find hateful done unto us and therefore these are good to do unto others

Always wear a smile

Make someone smile or laugh

Actually listen to the answer when you ask someone how they are and respond accordingly

tell someone who matters to you, that they do and how much

stay in touch and return phone calls, texts, emails……

Keep promises

Visit the sick


Give charity

By using the comment box, Please share with me and the other readers what else you think belongs on the list

Heart and Soul


P.S. I wrote this as a reminder to you as well as to myself.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Cheryl permalink
    April 13, 2019 9:31 am

    It is not what we receive that enriches our lives, it is what we give. 😉

    • Fred Fox permalink
      April 13, 2019 2:13 pm

      you’re so right and so well said. thank you Cheryl

  2. Deborah permalink
    March 12, 2019 10:46 am

    Love the message Fred Fox.

  3. JOCKO permalink
    March 12, 2019 10:11 am

    Thank you, Fred. Having a “list” is a huge help for some of us. There are the Ten Commandments, Eight-fold Path, Yoga’s Yamas and Niyamas, and now Rebe Fred’s “What is doing Good.”

    After 73 years of struggling to understand the depths of philosophy and religion, I believe these kinds of “simple” guideposts (thank you), help me to act and journey wisely. Best, Jocko

    • Fred Fox permalink
      March 12, 2019 3:42 pm

      Thank you Jocko
      I think you put good into play instinctually

  4. March 12, 2019 7:39 am

    Love this Fred – mazel tov

    • Fred Fox permalink
      March 12, 2019 7:57 am

      Thank You so much Jeri

  5. March 12, 2019 6:43 am

    The third Chabad Rebbe explained the teaching from the sage Hillel to mean that just as we are not perfect, yet wake up each day and ignore those faults within us because of our own self love. So too when we see that same fault in someone else, we should overlook and it too. Hence loving a person like your self.

    • Fred Fox permalink
      March 12, 2019 6:54 am

      A wonderful additional teaching coming from a real Rabbi:)
      Thanjk You

  6. Jeff permalink
    March 12, 2019 6:39 am

    Thank you for the inspirational words

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