As my girls were growing up, I focused on encouraging a generous spirit in their hearts. The second lesson was that — generosity doesn’t require a lot of money. HUGE life lessons.
The mantra was one that my mother taught me when I was little. “It’s the thought that counts”. Noooo – in my book, this does NOT equate to “I thought to get you a gift card”!! Thought means — I thought of YOU. I spent time, thinking about the last time I saw you smile, and what caused it. I thought about the last time I heard you laugh until you cried — and what you were doing, where you were, who you were with. I THOUGHT about YOU. And then I ‘felt’ enough about you that I figured out a small, wonderful way — to bring that kind of Joy into your world. Um…you don’t get that in a Gift Card.
When the girls were little and Christmas came around — I remember some of my favorite gifts were simple homemade things (SPOILER ALERT — expect to see some of these as Christmas draws near!! 🙂 )
Now the girls are college students, armed with a meal plan, some campus bucks for flexible purchases….(oh and my credit card for emergencies. E.M.E.R.G.E.N.C.I.E.S!! girls. Remember — Emergencies!! But I digress!
So Mother’s Day and my birthday and Christmas offers small, thought-filled gifts from the girls to me. I wouldn’t want it any other way. My girls know that what I can use MUCH more of in my busy , hectic life — is peaceful relaxation. So their generous hearts set out to find me a $20 gift of peaceful relaxation. Ahhh – I can feel the weight of my day coming off of my shoulders just thinking about them…..
So day #4 of 100 is an homage to my candle collection — each one, brought into my life by Caitlin or Erin. A small thoughtful gift of peaceful relaxation in a jar. #100happydays (4/100)
Ciao for now…..Diane