A police academy conference was called to discuss the long-term implications of police officers shooting criminals.
During the conference, an anonymous police officer called in to share his personal experience, describing the deep trauma he was left with following an incident where he was forced to shoot someone. He could no longer sleep at night, he explained – it was truly difficult to live with the knowledge that he had killed another human being.
“Sir, I must say you are the exact police officer that we want in our ranks,” the chief commissioner declared, “who else would we want to handle such a delicate role – someone who sleeps well?”
Just as negative actions impact us deeply and give birth to tangible emotions, so too it is with positive actions. And though initially, we may not feel that we have the drive or ability to carry out the particular act, it is the through the performance of the deed itself that the appropriate sentiment is created.
Not in the mood of taking up the opportunity to offer a favor? Seize the moment and take action – the deed itself will get you motivated!
It is in this vein that the Talmud states: one mitzvah leads to another mitzvah. Indeed, rather than the act being a consequence of our mood, the act is actually what generates our mood!
So, debating whether or not to do something good? Just do it – and celebrate the rising sense of goodwill that follows!