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The Gift


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I had a very unexpected and unbelievable surprise this past week. Two friends, who I am sure would prefer to remain anonymous, gave me an Amazon gift card and made me promise to spend it only on myself. It wasnít for Christmas, or my birthday. It was just because. I have to tell you I was speechless. The value of the gift went far beyond the generous amount and the kind note that came with it. The unexpected benefit was that it made me sit down and think about what I wanted. Do you know what I discovered? We always have a wishlist of tools for my husband. (Tim the Toolman has got nothing on my honey only Pat skilfully uses the tools!) There are several items I would like to get for my boys. (Anyone out there have a kid that doesnít come with a foot-long invisible shopping list?) When it came down to it, I honestly couldnít think of one thing that I wanted other than a magical home that always stays clean, but I couldnít find that on Amazon. Yes - I am blessed and contented.
I started to pay attention during my daily routine to see if there was anything that would be nice to have. I realized I needed a water-proof bag to bring my wet things home from the pool when the plastic grocery bag I was using got a hole and the floor board of my car turned into a swimming pool for ants. When I was shopping the next day, I noticed some kids checking out a dance game on the Wii. I had a Time Warp moment and flashed back to when I danced to the oldies every evening. (I will never be able to listen to Big Girlís Donít Cry without hearing Richardís voice!) You guessed it. My new Just Dance 4 came today. I am going to melt the fat away with my new hot Moves like Jagger. (Donít worry Ė that isnít seismic activity youíre feeling; Itís me dancing.)
I love my new bag and game, but what my friendsí loving gift gave me was the realization that what I really want for myself is to continue with this journey to increase my health and fitness. Thank you my friends! Your gift was priceless.
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LARLALN 1/18/2013 4:47PM

  Great question about paying it forward. Yes - I found the perfect person. As always, it was even more fun to give than it was to get.

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ASOBFALLS 1/17/2013 11:34AM

    emoticon "What do I want....for me" Great question

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GOPINTOS 1/16/2013 6:26PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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CHALLENGER15 1/16/2013 7:57AM

    Thank you! Loved this blog.

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DUTCHONEY 1/16/2013 12:01AM

  Enjoyed this, made me stop and think!

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LJ1225 1/15/2013 11:51PM

  Thanks for sharing this. Your blog made me stop and think how lucky I am! And, I too really only want and need things like a perfectly organized home ... something money can't buy! I was also super amazed by the generosity of your friends ... do you plan to pay this forward too?

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