A Different Kind of Gift

A number of my Facebook friends love taking tests. You know what I’m talking about, right? For example, there is the Color Personality Test, How Old Do You Really Act Test, and the What Should Your Parents Have Named You Test. (I got Emma by the way).

     Well, I have a test for you. It’s about gift-giving. Coincidentally, this is my birthday month, and I can tell you precisely what will happen. My friend Nancy will give me some wonderfully practical item (last year it was organizers for my luggage) that I will keep forever. Janie will send me something lovely, but it will probably arrive in November. She has a loving, generous nature, but tends to run behind a bit. From my husband, it will be something he knows I want even though I never expressed it. He is perceptive that way. 

     My pal Samantha loves sweets. Consequently, my gift from Samantha will probably be some luscious chocolate-fudgy something or other. She gifts me with something absolutely over-the-top, and I love her for it! 

     Birthdays are fun, and presents are great, but let’s get serious for a moment and talk about a different kind of gift. Rate yourself on the non-material gifts you offer the world. Are you generous with your compliments? Do you lavish praise on others, especially those who desire your approval. Are you taking the time to offer encouragement and a helping hand? Do you mentor and act as a role model for others? Do you give of your time and stay present in the moment when interacting with loved ones? Is gratitude high on your priority list?

     If you passed this quiz with flying colors, I applaud you, but if you came in a little lean, no worries. We are all a work in progress. I’m making kindness a priority this year. On my Vision Board, I posted a sign that says, “Kick up Your Kindness Level.” One of the ways I am doing so is by using the website, More Love Letters. 

     The founder, Hannah Brencher, a Ted Speaker and blogger, was my inspiration. Feeling lonely and depressed when she moved to New York City, this real-life hero did something about it. Hannah started writing and leaving love notes all over the city. She tucked them away in library books, coffee shops, and even bathroom stalls. You can read more about this kindness movement in her  book, “If You Find This Letter: My Journey to Find Purpose Through Hundreds of Letters to Strangers.”

     Each month I go to Hannah’s website and write a love letter of sorts to someone who could use a dose of encouragement. If that act of kindness appeals to you, head over to her website now.

  This week, make it a point to shine your light on others. Caring acts bless both the giver and receiver. And thanks for reading this post and being a loving change agent!

Leave me a comment. I’d love to hear how you made the world a little brighter with your act of kindness.

12 thoughts to “A Different Kind of Gift”

  1. I love everything about this! Thank you for writing and sharing the gift that you are with all of us. I would like to share a little info for parents regarding writing letters to others. BE A FRIEND PROJECT (a 501c 3) delivers peer support to victims of bullying to help them stay strong and know they are not alone. If your child would like to write a letter to a student it would be a wonderful gift of kindness. You can find them on Facebook or http://www.beafriendproject.org
    We can all follow Sunny’s example and kick up our kindness level!

  2. WOW Sunny, you are the most wonderful gift giver. Giving of yourself to inspire others – what a treat for those of us who are lucky enough to know you. Yes, I think I will be a copycat and leave some notes. I know I would be delighted if I found a note! So hoping when someone finds the one I leave it will brighten their day! Thank you Ms. Sunny! Loved the article!

  3. Wonderful blog, Sunny! Thank you for your wonderful inspiration in my life. You are a gift to those of us who have the privilege of knowing you. We celebrate special you on your birthday and every day! ??????

  4. You have been a gift to us, I try to give gifts to others and because of that I receive wonderful gifts back. I love my friends for that reason . Now I think I need one that gives chocolate.

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