R’ Moshe’s answer is an incredibly powerful lesson in life. When it comes to chesed, do not think, act! Many times, when we take a moment to decide whether to do a mitzvah or take on a chesed project, our body responds with laziness and then leads our minds to rationalize why we shouldn’t do it. A person, an “Adam”, was created from the adamah. All our body wants to do is stay stationary, like the dirt on the ground. We have to fight this natural tendency and move! Act now on the mitzvah, and don’t let your body and mind conspire for its loss.
Once, two aging rebbetzins made a deal. When the first one would go up to Olam Haba she would come down to the other in a dream and tell her what it was like. After many more years, one of them passed away. That night she came to the still living rebbetzin in a dream.
“You have no idea how much reward we have waiting for us here in Olam Haba! And you know I am so jealous of you…”
“Me?” asked the dreaming rebbetzin.
“Yes, do you remember when we used to go collecting house to house for the poor?”
“Of course,” answered the dreaming Rebbetzin.
“Well, you used to knock on the door while I would stay back a little. You don’t understand the difference between those couple of steps and knocks.”
The Rebbetzin in Olam Haba was zocheh to see the tremendous rewards for each and every chesed, and mitzvah a person does in this world. We are blind in this world, and don’t know the huge difference between a couple of steps.