I received a Christmas card a couple days ago. Not that strange really considering that it is Christmas time but what was strange was that it was signed “from a friend” and it contained a $100 gift card for The Bay. It contained instructions that I was to promise that I would take that gift card and go out and treat myself to something special and indulgent. “Friend” said that I had once shown them great kindness at a time when they really needed it and now they were paying it forward.
I honestly have no idea who this friend is and I have no idea what kindness it was that I showed them but it touched me to know that I was able to help them in some way. But I felt that I owed it to them to accept their gift in the spirit it was given and I headed off to The Bay. The only thing is, and Friend if you’re reading this I do hope you’ll forgive me not following your instructions perfectly but I decided to spend only half of the gift card on myself. I used it to buy myself a new wooden Nutcracker soldier for my collection – it’s a Hudson Bay themed one and I treasure it, not just because of what it is but also because when I look at it now, I’m reminded of the kindness and generosity my anonymous friend has shown me.
For the other $50, I decided to purchase some items to donate to the local shelter for abused women and their children. I know that there is always a great need there and as much as it was lovely to treat myself, it brought me even more joy to be able to give back. After all, isn’t that what Christmas is all about? To whomever my anonymous friend is, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You caring enough to send this to me, you letting me know that somehow I touched your heart, and you giving me the chance to give back means more to me than I can possibly express.