While I was having dinner the other night at one of my favorite restaurants, I noticed a young girl walking around. She looked to be about 9 or 10 and she displayed signs of having some sort of developmental disability.
As I watched her, she went from table to table saying hello to everyone in hopes of striking up a conversation. She was cheerful and warm, despite the rejection and cold responses she was getting from every table she visited.
At one point, I saw her wave at her mother. It was done in a way that signaled she was okay and having fun. The woman watched her daughter with complete adornment.
As a waiter brought over their desserts, I saw the girl hurry back to her table and swoon over a plate of apple pie with a huge scoop of ice cream on top.
After watching the pure and innocent joy this child had, all the stress of my day seemed like such a waste. Life is too short to get caught up in that kind of crap.
As the waiter headed back to the kitchen, I flagged him down and said, “Here’s my credit card. I want to cover the bill for that woman and her daughter. Don’t tell them who paid though.”
My name is Derek and I’m addicted to random acts of kindness.
Phew! I’m glad I got that off my chest.
While we often associate addictions with destructive behaviors, it’s also possible to be addicted to positive behaviors as well. Random acts of kindness give me a rush of excitement and adrenaline.
Examples of other positive addictions may be faith, golf, or even something as back-breaking as home improvement.
Considering my profession, can you guess what positive addiction I occasionally observe? That’s right, an addiction to tax planning.
No disrespect to the income tax world, but I don’t see as much excitement in the eyes of tax professionals these days when talking about income tax planning. I think the heyday of corporate tax shelters and black-box strategies are long gone.
Instead, I see more people opening their eyes to the opportunities that exist for sales tax and use tax planning. The strategies aren’t flashy, but they easily create an impact on a company’s bottom line.
With so many moving parts in the sales and use tax world, planning and optimization opportunities are plentiful. Plus, they’re rather easy to implement.
So, if you want to catch the same bug I have for random acts of kindness, check out this site for ideas and inspiration.
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Be careful…the pleasure that comes from progress is highly addictive! (Click here to tweet this)