The coffee cup was emptied. Washed. Dried. Refilled with names on paper strips. And the winner of our latest giveaway – sponsored entirely by our Anonymous Lovely Person is
Alys over at Gardening Nirvana.
Congratulations Alys, at your leisure do have a scramble through the Etsy Store, make your choice and contact me [details on ‘Contact Me’ page] 🙂
I just want to take a moment to reflect on being the recipient of unexpected gifts.
I think that life gives us gifts all the time, but often it is not really appreciated – I know for me this is absolutely true. It has taken me a life time to move to a place where I am aware, am open, am accepting and choose to practise acceptance of what is on a daily basis. To see life as a gift rather than a chore…… and to realise that what I want may not be actually on the list of things I need or can have.
I have some days when I say to myself, I’m not getting out of bed until I feel grateful for something – anything. Some days I stay a longer time in bed than I should 😉
And I know each day is made up friendly asides, fortuitous events and serendipitous meetings. I know there are countless occasions when disaster has been narrowly avoided and even more countless occasions when a smile or friendly word has made someones day better.
Yet when, out of the blue, someone does something genuinely kind, caring and generous for me I am utterly blown away – I feel a ‘yes’ move through me like a soft breeze of awakening, my heart opens and expands beyond my physical body, my lips curve in a smile, first of astonishment and then of joy. I feel a sense of wonder and elation. It settles and I feel a gentle ‘wow’ that fills my body. I notice that the negative voice becomes still.
I have paid attention to my physical and emotional response to this gift. I wonder if it is the same for you all?
I have always been the person who gave and this is the first time I have been given to – in this particular manner. It has made me really aware of what an amazing thing it is to receive an unexpected gift.
My dear anonymous donor did far more for me than make this give-away possible – it has been a really lovely experience! Thank you xoxo