Surprise! A brown padded envelope from Amazon arrives in the mail addressed to ME! What?Scanning my brain, I think to myself, I didn’t order anything. What could this be? My dear friend sent me this book on her birthday! Yes, it came to me on her birthday!! The title is the sweetest too, you’ll have to read my friends story on The Dreaming Tree to fully understand. This woman has many gifts, one is to make people feel sincerely special. (To see her other amazing gifts, you must check out her blog!)
The kids had arrived home so I was not able to jump into the book right away. The following few nights I stayed up late reading one story after the next. It brought back so many memories, some were sad but most were funny. I belly laughed as I read Melanie’s life stories.
I have learned so much about friendship through my friend, Elayne. She has inspired me in many ways and has reminded me how important friendship is, we need each other. We need women in our lives that lift us up and encourage us. Do not take friendships for granted.
After finishing this book, marking it with a giant coffee spill right on the front cover, I decided it’s going on a journey to hopefully inspire others or at least make them laugh! The book is going to a smart, kind and loving friend of mine. I will ask her to do the same by passing it on to a friend and so on. It will be interesting to see the travels of this book & if or when it will make it back to Alabama. Hopefully, friends of friends will be as delighted as I was to receive it. If that is you, please let me know by leaving me a comment with the whereabouts of the book. Happy reading and happy sharing. Now go bless someone today with an act or word of kindness!
Ingredients: Fresh spinach, 1 link of Nitrate free Chicken & Bleu Cheese sausage (browned & sliced), quartered artichoke hearts & grape tomato halves, 1 clementine (a citrus fruit), olive oil, almond slivers
For the dressing, squeeze fresh orange juice over the salad or any citrus, then drizzle 1 TBSP olive oil over it & a dash of sea salt.
The almond slivers were an afterthought, if you have them, add them.
Yep! That is what I said, BE RIDICULOUS! Have you been offended by someone, your feelings hurt in some way or possibly a miscommunication between you? Instead of reacting today, take action today. Be completely ridiculous with your actions. What will leave this person in awe, saying “That’s ridiculous!”? Think doable though, this way you get it done today!
Here’s some food for thought…
**Buy a deliciously, fancy lunch and set it up at their desk with a white table cloth or cover their entire desk in white paper for a faux fancy look. Then leave a personal note of gratitude for one thing you appreciate about the person.
**Tape a huge Poster Board in their work area (or on their car) saying “You Are Loved!” or write something amazing about the person, whatever is appropriate. Remember to do this from a place of love.
**If you know they like a certain treat, pile it on their desk until it’s overflowing and falling to the ground.
**Give them something you have, that you know they would like to have, for example a project you know they wanted the lead on, or it could be a sweater, a pair of earrings or a gift card. If you go the gift card route, make it a honking gift card! That ‘s the term our Pastor uses and it cracks me up every time I hear it. As you know this can be done online. Think about the person, do they like to cook? Williams Sonoma would be a good option. Do they enjoy Starbucks or the movies? There must be a sacrifice on your part. For some of us $5 may be a ridiculous sacrifice and for others $50, no one is judging. Do what YOU can do.
When you are performing an act of kindness throw practicality out the window. Excessiveness is o.k. when you are doing for others. Plus, this is not any random act of kindness, you are being bold, to the point of RIDICULOUSNESS.
Share your ridiculousness below. My hope is that you will experience freedom. Freedom from anger, frustration or from whatever is keeping you from forgiving.
3 simple ingredients for a yummy & satisfying snack💥: avocado, salsa (no sugar) & Trader Joes Banana Chips😋. After cutting the avocado in half, use a few chips to scoop & eat the avo., once you have made space in your avocado bowl, fill with a large helping of salsa🍅. Scoop a chip in for a chunk of avocado & a bit of salsa for a delightful bite! This tastes way better than it looks. My food photography skills are lacking.