If you are new to my blog – When my loved ones raised £500 for my husband and I to treat ourselves following my operation we made the decision to use the money to do random acts of kindness for complete strangers…
We didn’t want to profit from my diagnosis and the idea of sharing the love and kindness given to us filled me with so much more happiness than spending it on something ever could.
So, I was in Pillars of Hercules, a local organic cafe, eating some lunch before doing my weekly shop. I love it there because I know the food is fresh, organic, gluten free and vegan! Not to mention it tastes incredible! Anyway, I digress…
It was the first time I’d managed to venture out since my recent chemo and after days of feeling horrendous it was nice to feel part of the world again.
I was sitting alone, reading and eating my lunch when a family sat at the table next to me. It’s a cozy cafe so they were literally inches from me. The family was, I’m guessing, a mother and three daughters, two of whom were a lot younger than the third. That obviously doesn’t really matter but I’m just trying to give you a mental picture 💙 Anyway, what struck me about them was their energy. They just seemed to spark off of each other and their whole time in the cafe, from ordering their food at the counter to interacting with the waitress at their table to eating their meal, was filled with joy and laughter. I just couldn’t help but smile to myself as I sat alone next to them, their joy clearly rubbing off on me and all those around them. The two youngest girls giggled as they ate chocolate cake and drunk hot chocolate before eating their lunch and my ‘inner 6 year old’ was amused by this simple joy and zest for life.
I decided that I wanted to give them an envelope, but this time I did something I hadn’t done before. This time I wrote on the envelope why I had chosen them, stating:
Your family has a beautiful energy 💚
Then, once I’d finished my lunch I passed the enevelope to the mum and quickly headed to the shop to buy some fresh fruit and vegetables.
I’m not going to lie, it always feels a bit weird and nerve wracking handing a stranger an envelope and walking away.
However, something wonderful happened next…
The mum and eldest daughter came and found me in the shop…and gave me the warmest hugs! We chatted about the envelope and why I hand them out and we even exchanged some happy tears as we hugged again and again. It was beautiful and I knew in my heart that I’d picked a very special family.
The girl said that she wanted to do something in return and I explained that she didn’t need to, that I just want to make people smile and remind them that their is still love and kindness in the world. Instead, I suggested that she ‘pay it forward’. She agreed that she would and, do you know what, I really think she will do something special. The energy and joy in her eyes as she chatted with me and hugged me was beautiful. She strikes me as a very special lady.
This is why I hand out envelopes. To witness the pure joy in people’s eyes when they realise that there is kindness in the world is one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever experienced.
I can’t begin to describe how excited I am that I still have 19 envelopes left!
May the ripples of love and kindness continue.
Love and light, Fi xxx