I love doing thoughtful things for my people. Freshly baked lemon blueberry bread to welcome them home from school or work. Freshly laundered stacks of clothing on the end of the bed are actually love notes from me. A chocolate croissant on a Monday morning just because I know how hard Monday mornings can be. I like to ask myself what I can do to make their lives better every day. I love them up with my acts of service and a cozy home and hope that it makes them feel loved and that they carry that out into the world with them.
To a lesser extent I want to do this with my friends too. I'm happy to cook you a meal when you are in need, organize your kitchen when you move, help you choose paint colors and fabric, make you a special gift, send you a card or an encouraging text just so you know I love you.
But lately It's really been on my heart to spread that thoughtfulness out further. Random acts of kindness. A compliment, a kind word, a smile. Sometimes it's $5 to a man on a corner with a sign even if you think he might drink that $5 up later. Sometimes it's encouragement to a young mother struggling with a cranky little one. Maybe it's letting someone get in line in front of you because they look stressed and you really aren't in a hurry today. There are so many ways we can reach out and give other people a little joy that really cost us nothing, but may mean everything to them, in that moment. You might find that doing this changes the way you view the world around you.
One day you might even find yourself on the receiving end of a gesture so thoughtful that there will scarcely be words to express your heartfelt thanks. That's what happened to me when I received this mini quilt from Renee at Sewn with Grace. I have many talents, but as of yet quilting is not one of them. This makes me admire those with this talent even more. The quilt itself is an amazing, thoughtful gift, made just for me but then she embroidered it with my own quote to serve as a reminder of my goal for the year. This is one of the most thoughtful gifts I've ever received and I feel so honored to be the recipient.
Thank you Renee. I'm glad you found some inspiration in my words. That is the greatest compliment I can receive. I will cherish this thoughtful gift!