“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.” Pindar
At different points in our lives, we have been the recipients of sudden, surprise or anonymous gifts. When it happens, it brings all sorts of emotions to the fore. Sometimes joy or delight, and at other times, curiosity and perhaps frustration from not knowing. I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from an anonymous admirer once and, till this day, I’ve never found out who sent them… However, the memory and the goodwill lingers. Plinky asks: What gift would you like to anonymously send someone? The first thing that came to mind is a home for all the homeless people. It would be wonderful to provide shelter anonymously for all who need it; it could be a group residence or a Habitat for Humanity home for homeless families… that would give me great joy.
“One must know not just how to accept a gift, but with what grace to share it.” Maya Angelou
Another anonymous gift I’d love to give is free healthcare to the poorest, youngest and oldest in our world. It would be a great thing to gracefully hand little gift containers with free health cards enclosed to our folks who need it the most. I often read about the poorest Americans who have neither enough food, nor adequate health care, nor shelter, heat in the winter, or clothes on their backs and an anonymous gift that includes all that they need would be a blessing. Flowers are a wonderful gift, and we can give those to put a smile on a face and warmth in a heart, yet the basic needs are critical gifts that will be truly appreciated…
“Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God‘s best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of going out of one’s self, and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another.” Thomas Hughes
Gift baskets are always fun to make and I have seen people light up in the hospital when they receive one… That would be another precious way to honor others; offering a cornucopia of gift baskets to people in shelters and/or patients in hospitals; in cancer wards, in pediatric wards, maternity wards, geriatric centers and to many others in various stages of illness. Of course, as I write this, I realize that it is not so difficult to do as each of us can offer this service to our local hospitals or shelters, and request that they recommend a ward or patients who have no family or visitors. Midnight Run offers the homeless food, toiletries, clothing, and more during the cold season and anyone can volunteer to go on a run. More below.