No Good Deed Goes Unpunished


This past weekend was an eye-opener for many reasons. I learned that my big heart can cause me more trouble than the stress is worth, that friends who think they are helping can make a bad problem even worse, and that those who think that they are looking out for my spiritual welfare often make logistical mistakes that cause irreparable or nearly irreparable damage. I've been meditating on this post for about a week. And I think I will leave it at "no good deed goes unpunished".

One more disaster I can add to my
Generous supply?

No good deed goes unpunished
No act of charity goes unresented
No good deed goes unpunished
That's my new creed
My road of good intentions
Led where such roads always lead
No good deed
Goes unpunished!

One question haunts and hurts
Too much, too much to mention:
Was I really seeking good
Or just seeking attention?
Is that all good deeds are
When looked at with an ice-cold eye?
If that's all good deeds are
Maybe that's the reason why

No good deed goes unpunished
All helpful urges should be circumvented
No good deed goes unpunished
Sure, I meant well -
Well, look at what well-meant did:
All right, enough - so be it
So be it, then:

I promise no good deed
Will I attempt to do again
Ever again
No good deed
Will I do again!

Annette Sargent

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."  -Robert A. Heinlein