29 Gifts, Day Nine: Random Acts of Daisies

May 9th, 2011

Today, I was inspired to make a “random acts of kindness” gift.  I had to pop into the local Whole Foods after work to pick up cilantro (because the quinoa black bean salad was simply not going to be complete without it).  I also grabbed a bouquet of purple daisies.

I separated the daisies into individual stems and then tucked one or two under the windshield wipers of random cars in the parking lot.  A couple I managed to hook into the driver’s side door handles.  I didn’t stick around to see how anyone reacted — I’m hoping it brought about at least a few smiles!

One of the things about the 29 Gifts project is that, in addition to being mindful of your giving, you are also supposed to be mindful of receiving.  Sometimes we resist other people’s attempts to bless us, or feel embarassed to ask for help when we need it.  But receiving is the flip side of giving and we’ve got to cultivate our ability to do both.

This week, I realized that I was going to need to buy some sleepers for Buggie soon, as he has almost outgrown his current size and somehow, his sister’s pink fleecy hand-me-downs just don’t seem quite right.  I was feeling bummed about needing to spend the money on new sleepers.  Then suddenly this afternoon, a friend from church posted a message on her Facebook page that she has a ton of boy clothes she wants to offload.  Sure enough, she just happens to have a big assortment of sleepers and other summer wear in the size I need and has graciously agreed to let me paw through her stash.  What a blessing!

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