Do Good

Between projects, midterms, auditions, and friends, the past couple of weeks have been INSANE. Day after day, I could only think about how I felt. Anxious, frustrated, exhausted…



Today, that changed–at least, for a moment.

Upon arriving at Starbucks, I ordered a drink and sat down. Before I could start working, a desperate young woman explained that she left her phone in a friend’s car and needed to borrow mine. My first thought: “Why did she choose me? I don’t have time for this… I have a lot to catch up on.” For a second, I was taken aback. Then, I realized… I had been in her shoes (many times) before. Years back, I left my phone on a train. Not too long ago, I lost my purse (phone/wallet/EVERYTHING) on the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland. So, how could I not help?

The only number she could remember was her mom’s. After calling and calling, she finally got through. Fortunately, she was able to contact her best friend, who kindly saved the day. The young woman kept saying, “Thank you, thank you! You have no idea how much I appreciate this.” In that moment, I couldn’t help but smile, even if I only made a little bit of difference.

No matter how overwhelmed you are today, always remember: life is better when you do good. It is easy to only think of ourselves, but is even easier to give back. It can be as simple as smiling, volunteering, or letting a stranger borrow your phone.

Another lesson learned? People still need address books.


Nicole Smolen

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