You all know that every once in a while I can’t resist passing along a message, letter or story from a ONE GOOD DEED reader. This one below touched my heart — and several hearts at my publishers, Abrams Books — when I received it a few days ago.
You may remember that earlier this month, Abrams and I wanted to do a good deed for all of you by giving away the e-book version of ONE GOOD DEED. Thousands and thousands of readers downloaded it, and I think we got as much a kick out of it as the readers did!
Darlene, who wrote this letter below, also downloaded the book. This is her story about wanting to give back…to me.
Thanks for e-mailing me. I recently got your book and am enjoying it immensely. I think it is a great idea and something we dearly need, more kindness!
My birthday is October 27th and I thought it would be a great idea for me to follow in your footsteps and do a year of daily good deeds. I, like you were, have been in a bit of a funk. Turning 54 doesn’t bother me so much….although getting “senior discounts” at 55 IS right around the corner!! LOL. But I wanted to find a way to get me out of my own way and in the present moment more often.
Anyways,I thought that following your idea was something I could do and would help make the world just a little bit nicer. I had planned on starting on my birthday by writing you a letter and telling you how great I thought your book and idea is and how much I am enjoying reading it..I am up to November and trying to slow down as I want it to last as long as I can.
And then,you would have found my first good deed. I want to send you a check for $20. You see,I got your book in Kindle form from Amazon and on the day I downloaded it, it was free. Your book is so inspiring and I want you to have compensation. You would have gotten paid for it, had I bought an actual book. My first good deed was to rectify that.
So, this is why I sent the e-mail asking for an address to send you a letter. In a letter you would have had the check and couldn’t turn it down. So, the ball is in your court; you could let me send you a check…..and you could donate the money if you felt weird about keeping it.
Well, Erin…that is everything I wanted to tell you. Thanks for getting back to me!
NOTE FROM ERIN: I wrote back to Darlene and told her I thought she should give the money to her favorite charity, or, since she was such a fan, perhaps send a copy of ONE GOOD DEED to a friend. By the time my e-mail reached her, she had already done the latter.
Thanks, Darlene, for your first good deed. And Happy Birthday!