It was early March 2014... celebrating my nieces 6th birthday at Chuck E Cheese. The noise of children running around, loud conversations and game machines filled the room. The table next to us (just like ours) was topped with pizza and gift boxes celebrating another little one. The lady sitting at the next table caught my eye. She had beautiful features and elegant dress look. Her long blonde hair was in a ponytail complemented with a "white bow pin" on the side of her head. I loved the entire look and a touch of simplicity and elegance pin added to her style. As she passed by our table I stood up and told her she looked beautiful and how much I loved her bow pin.
"Would you mind sharing where you got it?" I asked.
"I bought it in Romania" she replied, "You can have it though, seriously" and sooner than I knew the pin was resting in the palm of my hand, as she smiled and walked away.
"Thank you" I said, still looking at the surprise gift.
Yesterday I came across this short story on LinkedIN which awaken the memory of the pin experience.
A woman who was traveling alone in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream.
The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, the woman opened her bag to share her food.
The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation.
The traveler left, rejoicing in his great fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime.
But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the woman.
“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”
The woman smiled, “The joy of giving!”
The story carries the message of the art of giving - freely, with no attachment or expectation and from the heart.
I wear the pin often, and each time I put it on I remind myself of this generous and unexpected gift.