Nice surprises

I love doing things for people anonymously. The reason is that so many of us go through life feeling unappreciated. Even if it’s just a small token of a gift, it could be something like a bar of chocolate, a simple set of flowers, a card, or something else that lets people know that you’re thinking of them can make all the difference in the world. Those little surprises in our lives can make us feel like we matter to other people. One of the surprises that I would love to do for a friend is to watch her kids for a little while. She rarely gets to go out and have a date night with her husband. It’ll be tricky because she lives farther away, but I think it’s crucial for her to feel like she and her husband can connect during a chaotic time.

I’ve mentioned that people need to feel appreciated, and I can attest to this theory because I often do a lot of work for different groups and people and often think that my efforts are unappreciated. It’s challenging to feel like you matter to somebody when the world feels like caving in. I received a letter from a friend of mine the other day, and she made me feel like a million bucks. She thought sending me a note and a card that she mailed would warm my heart. Another friend is looking to take me to lunch next week for my birthday, and I cannot wait. It’s a little thing, but it means more than she can understand.

People have sent small gifts to me in the past, and sometimes I didn’t appreciate them, but many times I did. I would give anything to have my grandparents back because my grandmother would often do little things to let me know how much they loved me. I didn’t always understand those small tokens. I took for granted that those people would always be there and didn’t think about how I needed to cherish that time with them. Little did I know that cancer and other diseases would take these people that I loved the most away from me.

I don’t know how many of you volunteer with different places, but I feel that quite a few of you do. So many nonprofit organizations always do little things for their volunteers. But there are a lot of places that have forgotten to recognize the people who come through the most. That’s why it’s been crucial for the little things to happen for different volunteers and groups. Many make the impossible possible. People can’t do things without other people to help along the way, and sometimes people do go above and beyond. They may not expect anything, but it’s always nice to do something for somebody and let them know you genuinely appreciate their excellent work.

You don’t have to buy something to show appreciation. You can do little things like send an email or write a note. You might do a project for somebody you love if you’re crafty. But no matter what you decide to do, remember that the friendly gestures you make today can have a lasting impression on people for years to come. Have a great day, everyone.

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