A couple of days ago I handed out my 10th random act of kindness envelope. This one was slightly different from the others as it was partly a ‘thank you’…let me explain…
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.
My husband and I were on a wee two day trip to Edinburgh – an escape from hospitals and all things ‘cancer’. We were wondering the streets looking for somewhere for lunch when my husband noticed an Italian restaurant advertising organic gluten free food! Amazing! I’ve been gluten free since 2010 and now, wherever possible, try to eat only organic so this was perfect!
We went in and were welcomed by lovely staff and a great selection of gluten free options. I’m so glad I have my appetite back and that I’m able to eat properly again!
Following a delicious lunch I thought I’d chance my luck and see if their cakes were gluten free too. I wasn’t disappointed! They had a vast selection of homemade options. As the owner/manager (I’m not sure of her exact role but she had a presence of authority) described all the dessert options she asked if I’d had pasta for lunch. I explained that I’d had a GF panini as I hadn’t known they did GF pasta. She went on to explain that not only did they do GF pasta but that it was fresh homemade GF pasta. I was shocked. I am always in awe when an eatery goes above and beyond to cater for food allergies.
Whilst eating my cake I watched as she explained to her team that they need to tell GF customers about the homemade GF pasta. I was smiling to myself as I observed, there was something about her energy and clear passion for her business and customers that caught my eye. I wanted to thank her for being inclusive of people with food allergies not just on a basic level but going above and beyond to provide homemade options.
It may sound crazy to most, but if you’ve got a food allergy it’s something you’ll understand.
I questioned myself several times before deciding to give her an envelope: would I be better giving it to a customer? Or perhaps one of the waiting staff? But every time she caught my eye my instinct screamed that I should give her the envelope. I’m a strong believer in listening to gut feelings. It’s never let me down and I’ve always regretted ignoring it so, listening, I handed her the envelope as we left.
This was a few days ago and, as always, I’d been thinking about whether she had been pleased to receive the envelope or if she’d thought me a little mad…
Then, out of the blue she sent me a message and it was wonderful. In fact, it was one of the most beautiful thank you messages I’ve ever received. It really touched my heart. I’ll not share it all here, instead I’ll share just one extract that really touched me…
“Hi Fi…In all the 40 years I’ve worked in this business nothing has touched my heart as much as your kindness did that afternoon when you handed me that envelope…”
I had tears in my eyes as I read that. This is exactly why I hand out these envelopes. Seeing the joy and impact they have on the recipients and others is one of my greatest joys. Knowing that I can spread this joy whilst going through one of the toughest times of my life is a gift that I cannot express. It certainly plays a massive role in keeping me going and helping me to stay so positive.
Making someone else happy is the most rewarding kind of happiness there is.
As if her beautiful message wasn’t wonderful enough, she has also offered to ‘pay it forward’ and donate to the masquerade ball my sister has organised to raise money for macmillan. Isn’t that wonderful!
Whilst I cannot express how wonderful it feels to hand out random acts of kindness you can feel it for yourself by always being kind whenever it’s possible and it’s always possible!
Love and light, Fi xxx