style / mindset / simplicity
style / mindset / simplicity
Today I’m sharing a story. It’s a tale that I hope will remind us all of the magic of generosity and the power of pure goodness. This story includes a little bit of manifesting, a dash of serendipity and a big bunch of friendship.
Once upon a time...
I saw a friend rocking an amazing top in her Instagram story. It was everything I dream of in a piece of clothing… navy blue, simple shape, European-vibe, interesting fabric. Timeless classic.
Just one glimpse of the top and my wardrobe wheels began turning.
I’d been feeling like my style needed a wake-up call. I’d been pondering it, but not all that seriously.
Seeing my chic friend in that navy top served as a springboard.
That garment became the ‘imaginary’ anchor point of my yet to be created new wardrobe.
It embodied the look I was craving. Effortless. Sophisticated. Unique. And always navy blue.
I texted her and asked where she scored the incredible top. She thanked me and explained that she'd acquired it years ago in Japan, in an underground subway shop. We agreed it was a great shirt and that was that.
In a strange departure from my usual self, I did not obsess over where I could find that exact top. I considered it a rather mature decision since that obviously seemed impossible.
Instead, I allowed that special piece to serve as inspiration. A sartorial nudge.
I began to imagine my new wardrobe.
Knowing the power of ‘what you feel, you attract’, I pictured a similar top hanging in my own closet and felt the joy of my new wardrobe coming together before the fact.
I was ready to begin a personal style renovation. My friend had launched a rocket of desire without even knowing it...
Three days later, I arrived home to a small, soft package from said friend. I figured it was a t-shirt for an upcoming event that she’s included me in.
Curious… I open the envelope. As I peek inside, my breath catches.
I see the familiar, interesting navy fabric. It can’t be. I pull the folded fabric out of the package. It is neatly wrapped in a length of simple string. No note. No explanation needed. This is kindness in its purest form.
Literally, giving me the shirt off her back.
The tears come fast. I’m laughing and crying at once. It’s only Monday, but my week is already made. I feel so much love radiating from the beautiful hand-me-down top. The ultimate zero-waste gift.
Those of you who know this treasure of a woman, won’t be surprised by this selfless act. In fact, you likely have a piece of her already in your own home. I’m keeping her anonymous since I don’t think she’d want the extra attention;-) But she is the rarest form of human. Selfless in a way that makes you take notice. Genuine in a way that makes you want to try harder.
I share this story to remind all of us how simple it is to be nice.
Kindness can be found in the smallest gesture.
This week, I’m challenging myself in two specific ways…
First, I’m going to notice the kindness of others. I’ll tune in to witness everyday goodness. Small kind acts that I might otherwise miss… when someone allows another to merge in traffic, when I hear a compliment being given, when someone receives a tender embrace, when someone holds the door… you get the idea.
Second, I’m going to look for ways to spread my own simple kindness daily. How? By doing some of the things mentioned above; and giving my time without hesitation, offering a hand before I’m asked, being present when I would ordinarily be multitasking…
You with me? Let’s do this.
Please share your own tales of kindness… given or received.
I’d also love to hear what you've manifested lately? I’m pleased as punch to report that I manifested an incredible navy blue top:-)
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