At the opening of the film ‘Love Actually’, Hugh Grant’s character says in a voice-over “If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around”.
Walking home with my friend after a meal out the other evening, we chanced upon a picket fence and a glorious display of Sweet Peas. As I stopped to inhale, the woman of the house came outside. When I started extolling the virtues of her bounty, she went swiftly back inside, returning with a pair of scissors and snipped me a colourful posy to take home.
The sweet-smelling blooms have been giving a beautiful perfume to my office. What’s more, they make me smile every time I see them.
A stranger’s spontaneous gesture was a truly lovely gift – not just of flowers but also as a lingering reminder of how uplifting giving to others can be.
Generosity of spirit is an outward demonstration of an attitude of abundance; a sense is that there is more than enough to share. I value it in myself and others. But sometimes after a tough day or a poor night’s sleep or smiling at the third person who responds with an expressionless face, the small ‘me’ in ‘me’ nudges the bigger spirited ‘me’ out of the way.
Given the joy this small and unexpected gift has brought me, I am reminded of the potential of a smile, a kind word or helpful gesture to lighten my load and brighten my day. To gently remind myself and my fellow earth-dwellers that love actually is all around, I vow to do better.
Has anyone else been on the receiving end of a spontaneous generosity of spirit lately? Do tell, below.