Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Turning A Minus into A Plus

Yesterday I was really annoyed at having been accosted yet again by someone I feel should really know by now that they ought to just leave me to live my life as I choose.  I have sent no mixed messages.

So when this person's 'gift' of stalkerishness and intimidation arrived on my doorstep I was ready to just heave it in the trash.  It brought back fear and a sick feeling in my gut.

But then I got to thinking.
The gift is not tainted simply because of who sent it. 
There is good in the loveliness of the gift even if the sender isn't lovely at all.

So I removed the offending manipulative note, retied the lovely pink ribbons and put my own positive spin on the whole situation. 

I took the gift and its' new possibilities and placed them on the porch of my elderly neighbor.  She lives alone and I felt certain that she could use a thrill this Valentine's Day.

I was surprised to get the nicest thank you call ever.  I knew she hadn't seen me put the item on her porch, so I wondered how she figured out it was me.

That's when the gift really started to do its' magic. 

My neighbor said that she and another neighbor had been talking and they decided that it had to have been me because I am just the kind of person who would leave such a nice surprise.  They could think of no one else who would be so thoughtful 'just because'.   It just had to be me.

Wow, what a gift this has become for me, after all.  So glad I didn't give in to that initial negative impulse. 
There is always good that can come out of absolutely anything.


  1. Love it!
    What a great way to see the possibility in something unwanted. Sounds like you made your neighbors day! I'm sure she will remember this Valentines!

  2. What a nice thing to do. Elderly people are often so lonely and what you did will warm her heart for a long time to come.

  3. That was really nice...way to use a negative and turn it to a positive. That's you all over.

  4. I loved reading this. The power of perception is just amazing. That you could see the flowers as separate from that person and their intent, and pass their beauty on to your elderly neighbor was so wonderful! What a tremendously kind thing to do.

  5. Hello my friend. I am sorry I have not been around for a little while. I have once again embarked on a new venture. I will write about it in the future. What a crazy life. In any event, I just wanted to say hello. I am still alive and well, living in St. Augustine.


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