Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Tu Mir a Toiveh*

*Tu Mir a Toiveh: Do Me a Favor (Yiddish)

Toiveh comes from the Hebrew, Tovah, meaning loosely translates as "something good."

No doubt I've made mention of it countless times in my blog, but I'll do so again. Take the time to do someone some good. Don't do it for brownie points, for another "Been there, done that" to check off on your mitzvah list. In the words of Nike, JUST DO IT!...simply because.

I do things for others...because I can. Because I want to.

In busy traffic or not, I let people merge into my lane -- wouldn't I want someone to do that for me?

I often give people coupons in the supermarket, coupons that I happen to have and know that I will not use before the expiry, but I see these people have the item in their shopping cart or on the conveyor belt at the checkout aisle.

I give compliments. Doesn't it perk up your day if someone, even a stranger, throws a nice word or two your way? It might not just perk up your day, it might make your day, and make all the difference.

I share my knowledge and resourcefulness with others. If I can help someone get ahead in the editorial world, if I can help them better their writing, it helps better my writing too.

I advertise others' blogs -- not because they ask me to, but because I often suggest it and ask permission to do so, or simply because I want to share what I think is interesting/brilliant/creative or maybe even helpful to another reader. (I kvell when I go to a referral blog and see that visitors have come there via my suggestion. If I'm on to a good thing, I'm happy that others can join in that discovery.)

So "tu mir a toiveh" and do yourself a favor: DO A FAVOR FOR SOMEONE ELSE, thus creating a link of goodness.


marallyn ben moshe said...

in my house that expression was usually followed by 'scratch my back' post pearl...yiddish is the best language in the world

Anonymous said...

wow!!! wow!!!

lovely post!!!

needs to be made into posters all over town

Reb Meir'l primishlaner said:

a day that you didn't do a toivah for a yid, isn;t counted as a day in your life!

Lakewood Venter said...

Great post!!!! If more people would have this attitude the world would be a better place!!!

You have earned yourself a spot on my blogroll!!!!

A Freilichen purim!

Sara with NO H said...

Since I've had a couple of blog people recently try to take me under their wings, I have to say, this post almost brought tears to my eyes.

Anonymous said...

I loved this post so much that i forwarded it to my email list of friend-blogers

Lakevood vent is first responder

i hope more are to follow

spread the light and the perals of widsom

muse said...

bli neder
next time I do a "visiting" post

torontopearl said...

Who would have guessed that a few words of Yiddish would have such an impact?

I'm glad that you found this post appealing. It's just so easy to do a toiveh for someone, and oftentimes not enough people do so.
Thanks for visiting, and for your comments.

Wishing you a good Shabbos and a Chag Purim Sameach.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips. If practiced enough, being thoughtful doesn't really take much thought at all.

Bas~Melech said...

We need more like you. B"H I think it's happening, a slow but steady revolution of humanity. Oddly enough, it seems to me at times that the goyim are catching on faster than the frum community, we should learn from them and just be nice to everyone.

cruisin-mom said...

Pearl, you are most certainly one of the most generous people I've "never" met. I have been fortunate to be the recipient of your generous heart on numerous occasions. And to think...we have still never met.

Naomi (Urban Mummy) said...

Pay it forward! I agree, and I am happy to do nice things for people. It makes me feel good, too, which is a bonus!

Lovely post!