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The Basket Lady
In the Good Humor Town, It’s a joy to give someone a basket and for the people who know me, they’ve heard me say it repeatedly.
The joy is followed by “happy” laughter, especially when the person asks, “What’s the rules, do I have to give a basket to someone, how much time do I get before I do and can I give a basket to just anyone?”
My happy laughter is because the person who's asking the questions is thinking about doing a kindness for other(s) without realizing the power of their thoughts.
Before we can put anything into action, we must first think about whatever it is or have a thought.
“No, there aren’t any hard and fast rules about getting a basket and certainly, not a time frame for giving a basket,” I usually say with a big smile on my face.
Years ago, I was pet-sitting a gentle brute of a dog perfectly named Bruno for Sally Goddard. On her way out, she mentioned that there was a game on the dining room table that would help me to pass the time if I felt “stir crazy.”
Several days passed by before I decided to investigate the so-called game. After getting the numerous pieces out of the box, the game looked like a puzzle to me. I’m not a puzzle-person, if you know what I mean.
I laid the pieces out all over the table then turned the back of the box over to read the instructions or the rules on how to play the “game.” I looked everywhere for the rules; 30 minutes later, in a corner at the bottom of the box, barely visible were the words, No Rules Game. I couldn’t believe it. How can you play a game without rules? Everything has rules, even the molecules in a single drop of water.
Needless to say, I spent hours and hours sitting at the table playing a game without rules and ended up discovering all kinds of things about myself, what makes me tick, for example. How does that story equate with getting and giving a basket?
The simple act of an unconditional gesture, touch or kindness has and does change lives, no rules are needed.
Give a basket filled with happiness, hope and love today.
Thank you to the following angels in training for showing a kindness: Jane Bubar, Dr. Aslam, Christine Murphy, Dr. John Kroger, Dr. Lisa McAlister, Candace, RNFP, Sarah Gallant, Bethel Animal Hospital, Julie and Free Shop volunteers, Penobscot Street neighbor who donated baskets, Terri Palmer, Lori Roberts, Jeffrey Leonards, River Valley community for your support and local cable station, WVAC.
We miss you every day, Dot Sanchas! Start each day off with thoughts of gratitude.
Until then, smile and live in the present.