Have I done any good

I feel good after helping someone. I think this is a cure for feeling down. It’s a remedy for the blues and focusing on your own problems.

MSNBC ridiculed Romney for lending a hand and helping after hurricane Sandy, collecting supplies and canned food and not just leaving this for the Red Cross to handle. Martin Bashir of MSNBC said, to Mayor Reed, “so the Red Cross knows what it’s doing.”  President Obama said “the Red Cross knows what they’re doing.” MSNBC thinks you should sit home and let the Red Cross do their job, if you help, your’e crossing the line. They’re trying to find fault with Romney even when he is helping storm victims.

Of course, today NYC officials said the Red Cross is a disaster in itself, and no one should donate anymore – Borough President James Molinaro, called the Red Cross an “absolute disgrace.” He explained that people were coming into the shelters and there was no food, no shoes, no socks, no help from the Red Cross. Neighbors were cooking soup — where was the Red Cross? 

I have this song stuck in my head. The lyrics and tune have a way of surfacing in my thoughts — which is good if they are uplifting messages. I learned this song when I was about 4 years old, in Primary, which is an LDS organization for children ages 4 to 12. Hey, we are taught to do this — help others and don’t just stand there.

This is my favorite rendition, by Alex Boye and Carmen Rasmusen Herbert. (yea they’re Mormons with a message) See if you like it:

1. Have I done any good in the world today?

Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone’s burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?
Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.
2. There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying, “Sometime I’ll try,”
But go and do something today.
’Tis noble of man to work and to give;
Love’s labor has merit alone.
Only he who does something helps others to live.
To God each good work will be known.
Text and music: Will L. Thompson, 1847–1909, alt.

  • Carrie

    Thanks so much for sharing the song! I hadn’t heard this version and I LOVE it. I needed to hear that today and be reminded of the message. :)

  • Saimi

    I love that song, I also love seeing Mitt actively DOING something rather than leaving the task to someone else. He’ just has to win the election!

  • pedaling fast

    I’ve always loved that song! Great video. I’m opening my SS lesson this week with talk of what is going on back east and I think this might be a fun little video addition! Thanks for posting! Love it! and Go Mitt!