Have you performed a kindness lately or been the recipient of one? Blame it on the media, but I think far too often all we hear is the bad stuff. So when we are the recipients of a kindness done, I think it’s important to shout about it from the rooftops (or write a blog post) to share it with others and, hopefully, encourage and bless them in the process.
I recently received an email from a sweet woman named Cynthia. She had recently lost her Mom, was a fan of my work, and wondered if I’d like to have some of the jewelry pieces that had belonged to her Mom.
I stared at that email for quite a long time.
I’d lost my own precious Mom two years ago. The wound of that loss was still fresh. This sweet gesture filled me with compassion for her as a daughter having also experienced the loss of her Mom - and amazement and gratitude that she’d considered passing these treasures onto me, a complete stranger.
I received her treasures, carefully unwrapping each one and reading the notes she’d included explaining anything she knew about the pieces. Notes like “Mom’s favorite color was purple” tucked in with two purple brooch pins, and “I was with them when Dad bought these for Mom . . ,” with a pair of tiny glass birds.
I love what I do, and I’m thankful every day that I’m able to do it. And it’s people like Cynthia who help me to understand that what I do - even if it is just making jewelry - actually can touch another’s heart and perhaps, even in a small way, make a difference in this sometimes confusing, chaotic world.
Be kind. Bless another.
Thanks for reading.