My New Year's Resolution this year was to be more generous of spirit in 2010. Now please understand, this was not a self deprecating resolution. I believe that, in general, I am quite a generous person. But this idea was something different. For me, it was about generosity of spirit with intent.
I've always felt that there is enough misery in the world and I should actively try not to contribute to it. But I never tried to actively contribute to generosity in the world. So that's what the resolution was about for me--to actively try to be nice. For the most part I'm nice (I won't say always--I've had my moments) but it has always been out of habit rather than actually deciding to be nice.
And guess what? It has turned out that acting with intent has amazing consequences. I've discovered that when you choose to act in kindness, then kindness comes back to you. In spades. Hello--I know that this is not a new idea. Karma? What? It's just been really moving for me lately. There's a reason that this post is "Part 1". There has been a whole lot of karma happening lately but there was a big incident tonight that I need to tell you about.
I went to knitting group tonight with a bag full of beautiful new yarn that Granny and Pop bought for me this weekend. (On sale--even better.) I thought I had the best treat ever.
And then Pat (of the tomatoes) showed up and dropped this in my lap.
It's a pillow. And I love it so very much. Because Pat (who by the way is an extraordinary quilter) made this for me from the button bands and collar pieces of my friend Mark's work shirts. Mark died the night before Thanksgiving in 2009 and I miss him more than you could possibly imagine. He was a brilliant thinker, a wonderful man, a good friend and a helluva lot of fun. And on Sunday, we will be gathering to sprinkle his ashes in the Hudson River. He was a boater and he profoundly loved that river so it is a wonderful new home for him.
I know the photo isn't great--the lighting in my house is very gentle in the evening--but I wish you all could see this and I wish you all had gotten to spend 5 minutes with Mark.
So Pat--who I am so proud to call my friend--used her talent and her vision to make me something beautiful out of something that was so terrible and painful.
If that's not generosity of spirit, I don't know what is.