my heart leaped when i got a sweet email from Laura the other day.
do you remember this wreath?
do you remember how serendipitous it was that Laura’s # was chosen? i was so happy to be able to send a little joy for her sweet daughter who has just finished up her cancer treatments last week. and last week Laura sent me this:
isn’t she beautiful?
and that’s when i start to cry.
tears. happy tears to see that beautiful healthy smiling face, sad tears for the pain and sadness and fear that must have once filled her little life. joyful tears for having the opportunity to share a little bit of sunshine with such a precious girl.
funny thing is, i didn’t really want to give that wreath away. i reeeeallly liked it, and reeeeallly wanted to keep it for my very own.
why would i think twice about sharing my talents with others and spreading good cheer? it takes nothing from me, in fact, it makes me happier in the end! then why? why is it hard to give?
the lie: if i give it away, i will have less in the end.
the truth: if i give of myself, i will BE more/ HAVE more/ LOVE more in the end.
um, no brainer?
giving makes me HAPPY!! sacrifice makes me STRONGER!! selflessness is EMPOWERING!!
while i believe those things with all my heart, i may need a reminder every so often.
i think this will do:
here’s to a joyful life, sweet Lily!