All goodness

All goodness comes with a price.

How does that saying go?

‘No good deed goes unpunished.’

And that is quite tragically true.

Most people equate goodness

With sacrifice. An act is not good

If it’s accidental, incidental,

If you haven’t given up something,

Ever so little, even just your time,

To bring about its completion.

And people may react to it

With scorn, dismay, indifference.

You’re basically paying

To complicate your own life.

Now there are solutions to that.

One is built-in, in that

True goodness comes, by definition,

Without any kind of expectation

Of receiving something in return.

A beautiful surface with an ugly core.

The very existence of its possibility

Says something tragical about

The character of the receiver.

There’s another solution though,

One that challenges the definition.

What if goodness shouldn’t be sacrifice?

What if every deed of a good person,

Every deed that helps us somehow,

Automatically becomes a good deed?

Wouldn’t that teach us more,

Make us feel less entitled

To people’s time and attention,

Wouldn’t it make us appreciate

The things that we do receive?

How about, instead of the things

We’ve been doing for so long,

We learn to answer all goodness

With more goodness in return,

Be it even a smile and thank you

Were we not capable of something more

And make sure we pay that more

To someone else, some other time,

And just make sure that all goodness

Gives more goodness to go around.

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