Some people will tell you that Mitzvot are good deeds. They are wrong. Mitzvot are commandments, they are not optional and they do not make you good. A Mitzvah is a commandment, not a bonus point. No one cares how you feel when you do your Mitzvah, they only care that it is done.
This is good for me.
This Sunday I took my son to Val Surf to get some colored Zinc, while we were there I got my daughter a pair of absolutely adorable flip flops with socks attached. We chatted with the girl at the register and then we started to drive home. About a mile down the road I came to a red light and glanced at the receipt. The girl had forgotten to charge me for the shoes.
Since I had Alexander with me, and I want him to grow up and be like his dad I turned the car around, walked into Val Surf and paid for the shoes.
It was the right thing to do, it was good parenting and I’ll let you in on a secret. It sucked. I could’a had those shoes free.