Thursday, January 2, 2014

Little Surprises

As a general rule, I hate surprises.  I don't like things that I have no control over.  I don't like not knowing what's going on.  But sometimes, a little surprise is a good thing - at least for me.

Today in the mail, I received a note and a small charm.  Basically, the charm was for completing three races in the Women's Half Marathon Series events (okay, so the races I did were 5Ks - apparently they counted).  This little bonus was unexpected and was for something I did, and had apparently earned.  It was small, it was quiet, and it was in recognition of my accomplishment - just my kind of surprise.

But it has also made me think about doing the same for others.  Maybe I could think of the things that people do and that I notice, and send a little congratulatory "happy" to them.  Because in the end, I think we all appreciate it when someone notices our actions and thoughts.  And maybe we don't want a big celebration - we just want to know somebody cares enough to mention it.

Maybe in 2014 I can be one of those people.  My little charm has certainly started 2014 off on a sweet note for me.  Maybe this year I can pass that sweetness along.
Today was a great day because:  I found the place to pick up Maribeth's bargains; Mathieu and I tag-teamed fixing/assembling Maribeth's bed foundation and desk; I picked up Lindley at school; Everley and Lindley time; Sam and Lynnette's safe travel to DC


Kat said...

I love that idea! I may borrow it and try to do a once a month "just because" for someone.

Denise in PA said...

Congrats! Yes, you did earn it! I receive a small "thank you" gift last year from a large fabric company for some donations I made. Totally unexpected but very much appreciated! I like your idea of paying it forward!!