Small (Hand) Gestures

In Doing The Deed by Holly Walker

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Some good deeds are so simple, they don’t feel like deeds at all.


I have to get over the fact that some good deeds are just easy, non-flashy, and small. It’s hard cause I’m an actor and actor’s can be … well … dramatic. Yeah. That’s a nice word for it.

I love big, grand gestures: messages of love written across the sky, marching bands hired to play a person’s favorite song, a half man/half lion giving a girl a whole library … (Beauty and the Beast, people. Watch it. Disney can teach us a lot.)

For Valentine’s Day one year I stepped out onto my balcony to find the guy I was dating standing below holding flowers, a giant card and a huge box of chocolates. It was so great!! I broke up with him a few months later … but the gesture was SO GREAT!!!

I always want to do something big for my good deed, but I’m trying to let that idea go. “The bigger, the better” does not always apply. In most cases it does (nudge, nudge, wink, wink), but not in this case.

A gifted friend of mine wrote a magnificent play. It’s won all sorts of awards in L.A. and New York. In fact, it was so good in the NYC Fringe Festival, they’re bringing it back for the Encore Series! It’s called Absolutely Filthy.

It’s an unauthorized parody about the Peanuts gang. It’s wickedly clever, and unabashedly funny. I actually have two friends that are performing in it.  They both worked very hard and poured their hearts into it. They were both fantastic… so I told them so. It was no skin off of my nose. In fact, it was my easiest good deed to date!

A nice comment is a great good deed. It’s small but powerful, like a tea cup on a coal-stoked, wood-chopping machine (again, Beauty & the Beast. Get with the program, people.) Nice comments are welcome any time, especially if they’re heartfelt and sincere. And they can mean more than we think they do.

I’m glad I gave my friends compliments. It made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. I don’t know what effect it had on them, but I’m happy I supported my friends.

I kinda like this small gesture thing. I’m going to do it more often AND I’m going to let everybody know about it too. I’m going to shout it from the rooftops! I’m going to have it spelled out in a ginormous fireworks display! I’m gonna hire Trey Parker and Matt Stone to write a musical called ‘Small (Hand) Gestures’ and put it up on a Broadway stage starring Chris Pratt and Benedict Cumberbatch!!!!!!!

Wait … I’m being ridiculous. Chris Pratt is not a strong singer.

Photo (Flickr CC) by Derrick Nguyen

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Holly Walker

Holly Walker

Ms. Walker made her acting debut at the tender age of 8 in For Spring is the Season of Happiness. She almost turned down the role of Mother Nature (she wanted the role of "Spring") until she found out Mother Nature had the most lines. On that day, a diva was born. Holly has traveled the world performing comedy. She has been to more than 40 U.S. states and over 30 countries worldwide. She is an alum of the improvisational companies Boom Chicago and The Second City. Holly currently works on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore as a writer and performer. She has been a part of the Rebel Storytellers family since 2009 and hopes to be with them for many years to come.
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