Recently I handed out my 8th random act of kindness envelope – this time in Edinburgh!
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 us with so much more happiness than spending it on something ever could.
So since then we’ve been handing out envelopes with either a £10 or £20 note inside.
There are now 32 envelopes in total thanks to two additional anonymous donations of £30 from the ‘lace maker’ and £40 from ‘D&L’, both of which I am extremely grateful for.
I was gifted tickets to see my first opera with my hubby, after I’d expressed my enjoyment of a ‘taster’ evening in Vienna last December whilst on holiday to celebrate our two year wedding anniversary – man does that feel like a million years ago now!
So, a few weeks ago, my husband and I traveled to Edinburgh to watch Cecilia Bartoli perform Norma. It was incredible! I was completely blown away by her voice and the music. I even bought the cd which I now play daily in my car! It’s so moving!
Before the opera we popped into a nearby India restaurant – Mother India – for a quick dinner. I LOVE spicy food!
As it was the opening night of Edinburgh Festival, the restaurant was extremely busy and so we were invited to share a table with a lovely couple who kindly offered us help with navigating the tapas style menu.
Finishing their meal before us and making their way to the opera, a young couple soon took their place. I was struck instantly by their energy. They were laughing and smiling and friendly…making jokes with one another and us. I love those kinds of people!
I smiled at my husband, thinking to myself that I’d like to give them one of my random acts of kindness envelopes.
My husband, without me voicing a word of my thoughts, just laughed, shook his head and said ‘oh go on, get the envelope out your bag’…
He clearly knows me far too well!
So, in my usual style, I waited until we were leaving and placed the envelope between the couple saying that it was a gift for them. As we walked away I heard the girl declare “oh my god” as she realised what I had handed her. Instantly I had the same buzz and excitement I’d had when I handed over my first envelope! I love doing this so much. It gives me such a great feeling!
Always remember – you will never regret being kind.
Love and light, Fi xxx