“Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.”
~Frank A. Clark
So I finally got around to going to the movies to see Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds today (okay I wanted to see it when it opened but it was not financially possible). It was hands down the BEST Tyler Perry movie he has made thus far, and that is coming from someone who is a die hard fan of any and all things Tyler Perry. I’m not going to go into detail about the movie because I don’t want to give anything away to anyone who hasn’t seen it yet but I really took a lot away from this movie and I believe that everyone who sees it will be moved by it as well.
Tyler Perry’s character did some really good things for the single mother in the movie (played by Thandie Newton) and you really just don’t see that kind of generosity and pure goodness in the world these days. But there are people out there like that; people who just give from their heart and don’t expect anything in return. Tyler Perry is one of those people along with many other celebrities and even those who are not wealthy that give their own money to things like the Haiti Relief efforts, or for the rebuilding of Hurricane Katrina, and for many other social issues that you never even hear about because they’re not doing it for notoriety and for accolades, simply for the love of giving to others in need because they have it to give.
I didn’t really realize until Tyler Perry came along and shared his story of his humble beginnings that his success got bigger and bigger as he continued to do his many good deeds without even telling anyone he was doing them. In the movieTyler’s character gave the gift of stability and security to this single mother, not just for her child but for her as well. However, the reward that he got was in a sense freedom from all of the things people expected of him and the feeling of what happiness is.
There is a saying that I hear often when someone does something good for someone and somehow gets screwed over in the process. It’s ‘No good deed goes unpunished’ and for a long time I really believed that to be true. In watching this movie I realized that those good deeds were not true and done from a place of pure kindness. They were done in order for something to be received. True good deeds come with the greatest rewards because they are something that you get more out of then what you put in. They are something in which you don’t expect to get anything in return. I wish there were more people in the world like Tyler Perry’s character, Wesley Deeds. It’s nice to think that there are people who still do good things for people just for the sake of doing a good deed.
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