It’s been a whirlwind day. I started by creating a care package for a dear friend who is going into the hospital tomorrow. I created a few coloring pages for her with small poems circling around them, threw in a few black and white copies of my favorite drawings and a new zine my husband drew up last month. I tucked inside one of my dreamcatchers and a few notes from some shared friends. Not long after that, my hubby and I drove out to meet her and her hubby. First I shared the care package, then we headed to dinner. It was a great visit.
I have been thinking a lot about sharing. It sounds like a no-brainer. It was one of those lessons we have been learning since before we were potty trained. Share your toys….share your spot in the front seat….share where you bought those fabulous shoes….share your mind, your money, your heart. Sometimes I am better at sharing than others. I admit it!
But recently I have been feeling the benefit of a few powerful sharing moments. About a year ago my hubby and I gave a friend a gift. It wasn’t for Christmas or birthday, it was given because someone gave us a gift that we were choosing to share. Then about six months ago the family we gave our gift to, gave us something totally unexpected. Their surprise gift got tucked away during our travels and a portion of it was found in my studio yesterday. It included an incense burner, a bit of charcoal, and amber resin. This morning I lit the charcoal and dropped the amber on it. The smoke-filled the house and permeated my clothes. It is a sweet, rich smell that made me extremely happy. It is, in fact, my very favorite smell. The gratitude for the gift reminded me of the long chain of giving that had brought it into my life. From someone to me, from me to another, from that other back to me.
As I am looking at the upcoming holidays, I want to remember how good giving feels. I want to connect with the giver in me and give that part of me space to explore new frontiers in sharing.
Speaking of sharing, let me share how I ended my day….making art in the studio. I have trunk show at Feather’s Beauty Lounge this weekend. My focus today……why, feathers, of course! A few owls in the works and a few chickadees.
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