Very often in life do we ever realize what we have until it is gone.. People, places or even things. We have them, they are part of us, and they are gone. While many of us don’t realize this, but it can feel like a lifetime has passed and one thing in our life will trigger the response. Will this do it, likely not. But if we are conscientious about it, we will.
Like the traits we inherit from our families, the inconspicuous nose on our face, wide set eyes, hair that is too thick, or too curly… but what about the wonderful traits we possess, not just the deep blue eyes, or the beautifully thick hair, I’m talking about the kindness inherent within us, the integrity. Are these possessions that are passed down too?
I have always found myself to be a giver, something that came naturally to me, something that both my parents portrayed without even thinking about it. I saw the smile on my mothers face when she would give a batch of homemade cookies to the neighbouring children, as if it were something she did for herself, not for them. Perhaps this was one of the small joys she got from her life.
This week, I have been learning what it feels like to be the receiver of these small unbelievable acts of kindness. I was given the gift of a plant. A weed actually, yes, a weed, but not just any weed. It was a weed that has meaning to me.
I had never heard of “Herb Robert” in this way. She spoke of how this plant is indigenous to the area and how she learned that it can be used as a police for bruising. Upon gifting me with two wee pots of this herb, she also handed me a photocopy of its description so I could read about all the uses of this herb and how it grows. I was grateful at her token.
But it wasn’t until I read the first line of the copy that I truly understood how grateful I really was. She had handed me a ‘magical herb’… The first line I read was “Common name: Dragons Blood,…” Wow, did she truly understand the power of what she had given me? OR how much I would really appreciate this gift. Perhaps she did? And it was at that moment that my heart skipped a beat, and elation filled my body.
Did I truly understand my Gratitude for this gesture? Probably not at that moment, but I most certainly do now. This is a plant that I didn’t know existed in this area. But have seen the written words in my magic books, to be honest, I didn’t really know it was a plant. And now, I had this in my hands. And I will treasure it for always…
It feels so good to be on the receiving end; I wonder if my mother ever had the chance in her wondrous life to be there, to feel the way I feel at this very moment. I certainly hope she did!