Today’s @40acts was written by Claire Musters
Today, take yourself out of the picture. Act generously for someone else without them noticing, and leave no mark that it was you. See what completely anonymous generosity does when you take yourself, your goals, and your self-image off the stage.
“Be careful not to practise your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So, when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:1–4 NIV)
Leave change taped to a car park meter or vending machine.
Give a generous gift to someone you work with or volunteer with. Leave it on their desk while they’re on lunch and no one’s watching.
How easy is it to hide an elephant? Not very. Think of a large gift and try and deliver it undercover.
What did I do?
I always find this a difficult one usually. How do you give anonymously these days? It’s quite difficult.
I smiled at the green option. I live in Singapore and we don’t have a car. If you leave money taped or in a vending machine people will run after you with it to return it or simply not use it suspecting it has been left specifically for someone. Singaporeans are so incredibly honest. Trying to attempt this was going to be virtually impossible.
The yellow one wasn’t an option and the red one was quite a challenge – but significantly easier than green that’s for sure.
Today as I walked out of the shopping mall I was accosted by a Chugger (charity mugger for those who are not familiar with that term). They were raising funds for a homeless charity for the elderly in Singapore. It’s the first time I’ve come across a homeless charity and, as it is a cause I have supported all my life, I was more than happy to donate. He wouldn’t be interrupted from his set speech though – determined to get through it all. When he was finished I said we would donate anonymously but for legislation purposes they needed my name and phone number. Almost as anonymous as you can get these days. So we made a donation on those conditions. The recipients won’t know who it is from though so I suppose that is about as anonymous as it gets.
Not a specific option followed but the best I could do in the circumstances.
To blog or not to blog? That is the question.
The whole point of this act was to do it anonymously and yet the first act asked for blogposts. Potentially conflicting assignments. I decided to blog anyway – just because my sense of order would be disturbed by not blogging about an act I have completed especially now we’re nearly 3/4 of the way through. It would have been an anomaly that would have irked me. So I blogged.