Sunday, January 6, 2013

Go out of your way to be kind...

The best presents are the unexpected ones. A thoughtful gesture or gift given not around the holidays or a birthday. But when you thought of that person and surprised them. 
A friend gave me this lovely bottle of wine and one of the nicest cards I've ever received. The message inside was wonderful. Thank you. 
I love to give unexpected gifts or spend quality time with others. These gestures mean a great deal to the recipient  So be mindful, playful and surprise and inspire those around you and maybe those you don't even know.

Today a nice gentleman helped me find dowels at Home Depot and he spoke to me in German, which was surprising and fun since I have a goal to learn German. I really haven't practiced any yet. But I really enjoyed our exchange. He taught me to say a few phrases and it was a nice moment, I didn't rush away like I tend to do. I lingered and spoke to this stranger and we shared. These are the moments, that take you by surprise and teach you to be mindful and that any ordinary moment can be truly meaningful if you let it.


The Eaton's said...

Valerie, I always love your messages. So thought out. It never hurts to be kind to strangers and to engage those aroung you in conversations. We did not know you wanted to speak German not a easy task.

Valerie A. Heck Esmont said...

Thanks Grandma! I've been wanting to learn German for a while, need to find the time to work on it. : )