Surprises can be wonderful. Especially if they are lovely and thoughtful and generous in spirit. I was surprised a couple of weeks ago with a lovely bouquet of flowers delivered with a very kind thank you note attached. I was so wonderfully surprised by the gift for really I should have been thanking the wonderful couple that sent it!
The flowers were sent by a board member of Dignitas International following an event that they hosted (and paid for) to support work in Africa. Why thank me? I should be thanking them! What I can tell you is that this is just the way this couple lives – they give….and give….and give. And they would say it is because they have been so blessed! And they have been blessed – there is no doubt about it. And they choose to bless others with that which they have been given. What a wonderful example!
The thought was so generous – and unexpected – a wonderful surprise in the middle of a very busy and stressful day. And if anyone knows me well – they will know – I love flowers! The gesture could not have been more perfect. I was simply delighted! What a wonderful thoughtful gesture that meant the world to me!
There is a saying – “it’s the thought that counts” – and yes of course there is so much truth in this. But if we never act on our thoughts – then what do they count for? Thinking generous thoughts and thinking about generous actions is a good start – but thoughts with no action have far less outcomes! How often do we appreciate people but never really let them know? It seems that all of these good thoughts and words and gestures are saved for a funeral. You can never go wrong by telling people how much you appreciate them, how thankful you are to have them in your life, how much you love them and what great strengths and talents they have. Say it now – in word and gesture because a small gesture has a huge impact!
I know this to be true – the gift of flowers was such a beautiful gift – but it is what the gesture said that is even more beautiful! I felt loved, honoured and appreciated! And that just makes me stand taller and want to do more and do it better! The thought was wonderful – but the action behind the thought was even more powerful!
Say it now – say it often – and say it from the heart!