Thursday, February 19, 2009

Best. Give. Ever.

Okay, you all know I'm doing the 29 Day Giving Challenge, right? Today, I had what felt like the best give ever. I had been thinking about it for a little over 24 hours. My substitute yoga teacher yesterday was talking about abundance, and she said, "Not just financial abundance, but things like an abundance of sunshine, or an abundance of daffodils, because Trader Joe's has them on sale for $1.69 a bunch." At that moment I thought "How cool would it be to buy a bunch of daffodils & just give them to the person behind me in line?" So, today, I went to Trader Joe's, picked up 4 bunches of daffodils (and other stuff) and when the cashier rang them up, I just told her to bag one up separately from the other 3. At this point, no one was behind me in line, so I thought I'd just wait and see, and if no one showed up, I'd just pick someone at random. Well, a lady got behind me in line & I saw that she had some tulips, but no daffodils, so I waited until the cashier was putting the daffodils in my bags & asked her to hand me the one she'd bagged separately. She wished me well & turned to the lady behind me to check her out. I turned to her too & handed the daffodils and said, "These are for you." The look on her face ... OMG ... I wish I had a camera. Her jaw literally dropped, and she stammered, "Why, thank you!" I replied, "I just wanted to brighten your day," smiled & left. Behind me, I could hear her talking to the cashier about what a nice thing it was ... and all I could think was, "Hey, YOU made my day!"

14 comments:

Linda Crispell said...

That type of generosity and kindness is highly contagious!!! What a lovely gesture.

Sara said...

That is so cool....I had someone make my day the other day.

I went to the library - and the traffic stopped to let me cross. A little later I was at Wal-Mart picking up my meds...and this lady looked at me and asked if I just wasn't at the library. I said yes - and she said she was the car that stopped to let me cross - and she thought I had the nicest smile!

It really made my day...

Diana Evans said...

oh so neat the whole thing about abundance!!! it is the small things that can make a big difference in each and every day!

Pam Aries said...

That is absolutely delightful! Spread the love. Anddd I'l have to go to Trader Joe's tomorrow...heh hehe

Pam Aries said...

Did you read Simple Abundance? THat is where I first read about treasure mapping.

crazierinreallife said...

now that's a cool idea I will be stealing for sure

Mel said...

Awesome!

:-)

Makes me wanna join in.

....fact is....I think I will!

:-)

Chiara said...

very cool. you are a wonderful person

Mariangeles M said...

That is soooooo cool!!
I can't imagine myself being that lady, I'd die!!! And say THANKS!!! os course :o)

Janelle said...

That's so nice of you! I went and bought tulips there the other day but kept them all for me, me, me! LOL.

Sherrie said...

I have to echo the comments of others that your idea is so cool! Not only did it make you happy, the lucky lady who received your gift was no doubt telling people about it all day, spreading the joy.

scrapperjen said...

That is fantastic! I love a moment like that.
HUGS!

Andrea said...

I love reading about these giveaways. I hope you know the book, "The Quiltmaker's Gift". It is a beautiful tale about the beauty of giving. Glad to hear your real life stories about the experience.

jacquie said...

Wow, you are such an inspiration in so many ways!! I love this idea. I checked out the web site a week or so ago when you started this and read so many very cool acts of kindness.