You are like a little sachet of glitter we carry inside our hearts. Sometimes we sprinkle it on people we care about. Sometimes we find glitter all over ourselves and smile bigger because of it. We never run out of it, because if we dig deep enough inside our hearts, you can always be found.
When we are the recipient of such glitter, what we feel is a warmth we call Joy. It can be exuberant, fierce, euphoric, simple, or quiet Joy. Most of the time, the Joy I find is from within my home--well, I do spend most of my time as a SAHM. Dear Daughter might give me a hug I wasn't expecting, Dear Son might voluntarily do a chore, and Dear Husband might notice and compliment my hair pulled back in a ponytail (not often, but it can happen). But recently, I experienced such Joy from people outside of my own family that truly touched me so. And when I say I experienced, I mean I was showered with glitter.
More than a whole year passes and I received a large box of sumo oranges from my college friend (they are seasonal and often backordered). Seeing her name and her note on the box made me feel entirely Joyful. She just rained glitter all over me. She loves sumo oranges and wanted to share its exquisite taste with me. With me--over halfway across the country. My heart was bursting with gratitude. I collected the glitter she tossed my way and carefully put it in the sachet in my heart, for they will come to good use at a later time. And if you've never had sumo oranges and can get your hands on some, do it. They are delectably sweet, silky, and meaty (largest of the mandarin citrus). They have a signature bump (topknot) on them, and are extremely easy to peel. We have all been enjoying the fruit over the last week. Every time I peel one, I wonder what I have done to deserve such Goodness. (She's the same friend that sent me coffee not too long ago, and I've sent her nothing but mass-produced holiday cards--*hangs head in shame*). Thank you so much, my dear friend, for bringing sweetness to my doorstep, my taste buds, and my grateful heart.
Next, there's nothing quite like dancing in the glitter of Words from Children. And by children I mean the ones I teach. We've always heard that saying, "Be the person you want your children to be." I strive to be a kind person so that my kiddos will store extra glitter in their sachets to sprinkle, too. But when glitter is tossed my way from children I have never met, it makes my heart swell even more with Joy and Amazement.
One day I substituted for a fifth grade class. As the students came into the room all at different paces, a girl came and greeted me: "Hello, my name is Ingrid*. What is your name?" I introduced myself, and then she proceeded to say, "I want to welcome you to our classroom. I hope you have a really nice day today in here." I was so pleasantly surprised, because that was just the nicest thing a student can say to a substitute teacher in a classroom she had never been in before! Yesterday, as a sixth grade class was shuffling out the door, one student turned around before leaving and said to me, "Thank you, and have a nice day!" Kids have busy lives--changing classrooms in the hallways, engaging in their work in school, and processing all kinds of information inside their heads. That they stop for a moment during that chaos and say those simple words to me or other teachers is what makes this world a kinder place. These simple words can bring smiles to people's faces, make the ambiance of an entire school, and become the seed that grows into "I had a really great day today." These children are full of heart, and their glitter is magically contagious. Thank you, children, for spreading kindness in your schools and in your lives.
Lastly, my blogger friend, Lisa, at Expandng, wrote a post just for me. For me--because I asked. Lisa makes these beautiful visual boards on her blog as do other bloggers I follow. I never knew how to do that, so I had asked if she would share how to make them. Lisa wrote a whole tutorial on how she creates visual boards with step-by-step details here. You see, I know how long and how much effort it takes to write a post, and I usually don't even get "technical" (I've done the Happy Dance for just inserting a slide show and an audio file--woot woot!). She freely and willingly tossed her glitter my way, as well as the ways of all her readers, and we are grateful. Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your Tech Savvy and your time; I can't wait to create my first visual board!
|Have You Filled a Bucket Today?|
So, Dear Kindness, whether you are in the form of filling someone's bucket or raining glitter down on a friend, you are a source of Love. Be it as small as uttering "thank you" to something more substantial such as a generous donation, you elicit feelings of delight, gratitude, goodwill, and hope. And we sure can all do with a little more of those things in our lives! So even on a bad day when I feel like I have no more glitter to toss, I will tell myself to just dig deep. Because I'll always remember the feeling of twirling in the glitter someone else showered me.
(*name changed for privacy.)