Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Kindness of Others

I don't know about you, but there are days when I begin to despair about the human race.  You know the days I mean, the ones where the driver behind you is on your tail and on the horn, the doctor is 2 hours late and doesn't apologize for keeping you waiting, and the lady in front of you at the grocery store has about 2 carts worth of groceries in the express lane!

Somehow on those very days, God always manages to send me a reminder in the form of "an angel with skin on" as one of my dears friends used to say.  It isn't always some big deal, but without fail someone will do something so nice and so sweet for me, as to to redeem all mankind in my eyes!  Today was one of those days, in fact it had been one of those weeks, if you know what I mean?!  Nothing had gone particularly right and I was feeling badly and grumpy.  The doorbell rang and the postman handed me a box.  I hadn't ordered anything so I couldn't figure out what it might be.

I have "met" and befriended several lovely people on line since I have started crafting, one of whom happens to be a talented artist who is on several design teams.  I found her work over at Faber Castell's blog awhile back, and then found her blog during a blog hop for another company.  We began to correspond via email and found we had a lot of things in common.  I admire her talent greatly and am a little in awe of her!

She had put together the most lovely box of goodies for me, all sort of yummy supplies that any crafter would be thrilled to receive.  I am going to post some photos, but among the swag are many of Faber Castell  Art Grip color pencils, Gelatos, Metallic Pitt Artist pens, and assorted Pitt Artist Pen Big Brushes and Pitt Artist Pens all in beautiful shades of blue and green, she even tucked in some Pitt Pastels in assorted colors too!  There are beautiful papers by Webster, and Pinkpaislee as well as two packs of border stickers by Pinkpaislee too!  If that weren't enough to make a girl swoon, there are also two flip notes filled with beautiful paper by Pinkpaislee and a Textural Accents Sampler by Faber Castell with gesso, gel medium and glaze samples!  And to top it all off she included a few things from her personal stash like some bakers twine, some chipboard frames, pretty pink flowers, some ribbons and a couple more gelatos!!  I mean talk about an embarrassment of riches!!

Look at all these Faber Castell Goodies!!   Can you tell I will be having a great time using these in my art journal as well as on canvases and many other crafts?!

Beautiful Webster papers!  Totally my style, especially these ones with the dress forms.  I have special plans for these!

I have never owned any Webster paper and I am so excited to have such pretty ones to play with.

These are the PinkPaislee Borders, which are going to look wonderful with the paper she sent.  Can't wait to create a layout with these.
This is some of the stash from the "goodie bag" she included.  I don't know how well the color is reading, but there is a nice piece of purple ribbon, along with a red lace ribbon.  See the pretty chipboard frames and the delicate pink flowers?  I have several ideas for those already! And who wouldn't want more Gelatos?  Yum!

Now don't get me wrong, I adore all the wonderful goodies she sent and I will happily craft using all of them, but it is truly the thought behind it that made my day.  The fact that this very generous, very sweet, very kind new friend went out of her way to make this package up for me and send it.  I don't believe in coincidence, as I have stated on this blog before.  My friend Msgr. Fink always says, "a coincidence is a miracle God performs when He wants to remain in the background".  Today I really needed to be reminded of how good people really are, and God used this wonderful friend to show me just that.  She isn't wealthy, but she went out of her way to share these items with me because she knew they would please me, she shared what she had with me out of love and friendship.  Isn't that what it is all really about?

Sometimes we think we can't really help others, we are too busy, we don't have any money, we don't know what to do.  I am guilty of this at times too.  But you know what?  We all CAN help someone, and it doesn't have to be with material things either.  We can smile at someone in the store, hold a door for stranger, call a friend just to see how they are doing, send a card to someone "just because", there are so many ways to make a difference each day and they don't have to big gestures.  One of things I battle with the most due to illness is loneliness and isolation.  Having someone reach out to me, whether it is via email, phone or in person is such a huge help to me.  It reminds me that I am connected to the outside world beyond just doctor's appointments.  It helps me to focus on things other than the physical and to catch up on what is going on with the other person as well.

This friend knows that I am struggling, with my health, with my finances and with a lot of things.  She also knows that when I spend time creating it helps to take me out of those things and to put me in a place where I am free from some of those cares and concerns, even if only for a little while, so she sent me "get out of jail free card" if you will.  She gave me the supplies to sit and happily create for hours, heck make that weeks, with all the goodies she sent!  Think about how good that makes me feel.  My friend cares enough to want to show me that she cares, to do something that will help me help myself and she gave of herself freely and without expectation.

Think about how you can be a blessing to someone else today.  Think about how you can do something for someone else on a regular basis, again, it doesn't have to be big or expensive, it just has to come from your heart.  If the person is someone you know well, then think about what would make them happy or be a help to them, like my friend did for me.  If it is a stranger, just offer them the gift of your sincere attention, even if it is only for a few moments.  People know when you are genuinely interested or just faking it.  If someone shows a real interest, it can make their day!

Thank you dear friend, for reminding me of all the good in the world and in my own life.  I am so blessed to have a friend like you and I hope that in some small way I can repay the kindness when you need reminding of the goodness of others.


The Bean Sprout Notes said...

What a great reminder to think about ways of brightening others' day. And I like the quote you shared about coincidences.

Kathy said...

How wonderful to have such a thoughtful friend. I know you were surprised and will put everything to good use. Blogging is a great way to find kindred spirits. I love like minded friends. Thanks for dropping by i am so happy it found you. Have a wonderful night. Kathy

EllenaElizabeth said...

Thankyou so much for commenting and becoming a follower of my blog. I just appreciate it so much. I too have a chronic illness and am housebound except for medical appts and the odd, very odd I might mention pleasure trip. I can only create things when I'm well enough and have had to give away my 1st love of some 48 years...sewing. It's just too much for me, so I've turned to papercraft. I do however like to collect, you many have gathered that....LOL A lot of my friends bring me little bits and pieces they have found out and about or when they have a clean out of their own craft rooms. I love Webster's Pages too and particularly like the one you have shown with the dress maker's dummy on, that's what we call them in Australia. I love The all time favourite TV series. I have all nine seasons and some movies on DVD. I do believe it's airing on some pay TV in America though??? Just think I read that somewhere. Take care and hope you have a good week with your health.

DeeDee said...

you are very blessed for your angel with skin.. I to suffer from full time pain and know the meaning of the smallest little things.. I try hard to give to others.. or make some ones day better.,.. when that is returned it warms your heart.. happy crafting...