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The Basket Lady
Basket Lady wants to wish everyone a safe, healthy, happy and prosperous New Year filled with abundant joy and kindness.
What’s really amazing if you stop to think about it, and I would guess that most of us don’t, the turning of a new year is about how the earth revolves around the nearest star in the universe -- the sun, which is 93 million miles away from the earth; and the amazing part to ponder is that the earth turns precisely as it should around the sun and has done so for not only in anyone’s lifetime, but over millions of years.
Friends, as you go through your new year thinking about how to manage all of life’s big and little unexpected “turnings,” just know that you are divinely created to handle whatever comes your way. You are a bright star-no less. Don’t take your light for granted and shine-on for all to see even if they don’t understand your glow.
Basket Lady wants to share a short story about two individuals that shine their lights of giving and kindness despite their personal challenges.
Wendy Lindberg donated 18 beautifully handmade hot and cold comfort packs filled with lavender scents for the Christmas baskets that were given out in the community. Wendy attached a note that really spoke to my heart about how Dot Sanchas inspired her to believe in herself and mentored her with kindness.
Lori Grassette donated several boxes filled with Christmas ornaments, baskets, and small gift packages that were put into Christmas baskets and given out to six individuals. Lori also donated a most unique ceramic three-piece train set that was given to Carlo Puiia.
There’s a theme that I have regarding Carlo as the town manager -- it’s a train theme. He’s been really kind to “let” me have my theme, by the way.
Anyway, when he was selected to be the town manager, I made up a welcome basket and put a toy train in it and gave it to him. He called the next day and wanted to know what the idea behind the train was.
“I’m so glad you asked,” I said. “When things go off the track, like a train can do from time to time, get back on the track, stay the course and head toward your final destination even if other’s refuse to get on board the train with you.” All aboard!
“Oh, I see," Carlo replied. So, for a couple of years around Christmas, I’ve given him a piece of a small train.
This year, I drove over to Lori’s house in my usual hurry, thinking about the train for Carlo and with a gift for her and Bill when she surprised me with the gift of an old three-piece ceramic train set that was very dear to her and as soon as I saw it, I knew that it was the perfect gift for Carlo.
I shared my train theme with Lori and she was as happy as I was that he was going to be the recipient. Carlo has the train pieces in his office and now he has a theme, too. It’s “the little train that could.”
This New Year friend is kind to one another.
Kindness not only counts but it adds up! We miss your kindness every day, Dot Sanchas!