Appreciating the little and the not so little unexpected gifts feeds the field of gratitude, makes the heart glad and the soul sing. It shifts the the shape of the moment, the day, our world, the world we touch including our relationships.
If we only care to pay attention, there are so many unexpected little gifts that show up in the run of a day - and some of them are not so little. A comment here. A nice touch in there. Someone noticing, paying attention, listening. Connecting with other human beings – sometimes friends, sometimes strangers - contact illuminated in a gesture, a word, eye contact, a touch.
Unexpected little gifts in my life in just the last day or so? Dinner last night with a friend of mine and a beautiful young friend of my teenage boys – they are away for University, their friend, who has become my friend, stayed here for University and we headed out for dinner at The Wooden Monkey. The Wooden Monkey in Halifax is one of those not so unexpected little gifts – beautiful, home grown, organic food lovingly cooked and served with care. A beautiful late September night inspiring a walk on the waterfront and a drink later at an outdoor cafe.
As I write my book – Embracing the Stranger in Me – coming across really good writing from a decade ago that I had completely forgotten I wrote so now I don’t need to rely on memory – my writing from the time will take me back there into those compelling experiences that contributed to the me who now shows up in this world.
My hairdresser, unfortunately, broke her wrist and couldn’t cut my hair, but referred me to a place a client had given me a hundred dollar gift certificate for a few months ago. Nice unexpected little gift.
Friends find me on Facebook chat or skype and we have short or long chats that pick up the spirit and make the day shine, sometimes just a hello and sometimes opening up the gift of possibility.
My eight year old says, “Mom, you’re the best mom ever. I wish there were two of you!” (I do too, but probably not for the same reason.)
There are so many more delights in every single day. They shape my world. They make me smile. They energize me. They motivate me. They bring me joy. They give me strength, remind me of my strength, connect me to my strength and then I radiate the joy, peace, and connection I experience, attracting more of it, helping me see and support brilliance in the world, in my friends, my family and the people I have the honour and privilege of working with.
Like my Brazilian friends who I will be joining at the end of this week (along with another good friend from Colorado) for an Art of Hosting training near Sao Paulo. Good friends. Deep relationships. Amazing work already – with each other and in Brazil. The swiftness with which my travel visa was processed. Smiling to sense into what more will emerge there.
Unexpected little gifts. In every single day, in so many ways. I like it when they shift the shape of my world and my experience. I look forward to seeing what unexpected little gifts show up in my day tomorrow and the tomorrows after that. Maybe you will be one of them. Maybe I will be one of them for you.