The universe has a sense of humor. I had been thinking about kindness and praying for inspiration about what to write about. I am pretty good at practicing kindness and look for opportunities each day to be kind to others. I so often have focused on how I feel when I am doing something for others. I had not taken time to think about how I feel when someone does something kind for me. Yesterday, however, a friend of mine surprised me with an act of kindness that touched my heart.
It was one of those totally unexpected kind of things. My friend Venetia Carey is a Pink Zebra consultant. We met last December at a vending event we did together. We have kept in touch ever since. During that event, she knew I was admiring Paisley the Pink Zebra, but she was out of my price range. So she just gave her to me and said Merry Christmas. It touched my heart and made me think you know this is the kind of person I really would like to get to know better. Who performs random acts of kindness for people they do not know.
So yesterday I was taking a break from working and talking to a friend when the doorbell rang. When I went to the door, there was a box from the Pink Zebra. I just assumed it was the things I had ordered from a party I had done for Venetia. I was wrong. When I opened the box I was surprised. Inside was not what I had ordered, instead I found two items Venetia had bought me as early birthday presents. Yes, my birthday is coming up; I turn 60 on June 16th. This random act of kindness made me giddy with joy and had me feeling like a 5 year old opening up a present.
At the same time, I was humbled that she would show such generosity and choose to bless me in this manner. I love to give, but sometimes I forget that I am also worthy of receiving. This reminder from the Ultimate who used my friend Venetia was a gentle reminder that I am not only supposed to practice performing kindness to myself and with others, but to also practice allowing others to practice kindness with me.
So God thanks for the reminder and thanks Venetia for reminding me that I am worthy!