Very early in the morning about a week ago, I was in the Walmart store buying something for work. As I walked past someone arranging a new delivery of fresh flowers, I thought to myself, "I would like some flowers in my home office while I work on my creative projects during the limited time I have this week." I made a mental note to stop on the way home and pick fresh flowers up. From that point on, the day was rocketed into the next stratosphere, from one duty to the next, and meetings ran one into another. At one of those meetings, I got a text from a co-worker that someone had delivered flowers for me. For me? I wondered who would have done such a nice thing. And the memory of my mental note gave me a little nudge. I am quite certain a smile came across my face that had nothing to do with the meeting I was sitting in. When I found out my friend sent them, I can only reference the feeling of pure joy. How wonderful it feels to be appreciated like that. And the appreciation for a friend that even thinks to do that has been on my heart all week. I have dutifully changed the water, and the arrangement is still being enjoyed a week later. An amazing gift that continues to inspire me. I want to encourage you to do something totally unexpected for someone else in this next week. Acknowledge them in some unusual way. Drop off flowers or send a card. Pick up the phone and call someone just to say hello. I heard from someone this week relating to a visit with someone who was amazed that the visit was for no reason other than "how are you doing?" When was the last time that happened to you? If, as in my own experience, you think about it and then, as if by magic, they appear, turn around and pass it on. Give it from your heart and it will go forward for quite some time to come. Gratitude goes a long way. Thank you friend, for the beautiful flowers.
Janet L Arnold