I received an adorable bouquet of flowers from my wonderful Sha Bear this morning. She's all the way in New Zealand so it's touching to know that someone oceans away from me, remembers me. The night before, she texted me asking if I'd prefer a book or flowers as a gift; a very tough question for me since I love both almost equally. When I reached the office in the morning, she texted me saying she paid the flowers forward to another friend who's going through a rough time which I honestly didn't mind at all.
But somehow, my gut instincts told me that she was going to get me flowers anyway. I was right, a few minutes after her text the delivery man came in the office saying there were flowers for me. What put an even bigger smile on my face was her punny message on the card; her lameness gels well with my equally lame sense of humour.
I'm blessed to have thoughtful friends in my life because I know they're hard to come by. During tough times, good friends are like the first rays of sunlight at the break of dawn, marking the start of a new day. They give you hope when you're discouraged and strength when you feel defeated. You don't have to spend a single cent to be thoughtful; you just have to make little efforts to ensure that the person you care about is OK.
I was having tea with my aunt the other day. Naturally, she asked me what was going on in my life. After telling her what's new, I shifted the attention to her. "How ARE you?" She paused, looking almost confused and taken aback. "Gosh, it's been so long since someone asked me that sincerely."
It's strange that a simple how are you when asked genuinely can mean a lot to someone. How often do we ask people around us how they're doing? A simple text to a friend or relative whom you've not seen in a long time could actually turn someone's day around. If everyone had just one good friend that saw them through in times of need, the world would probably be a better place. But as the saying goes, "The world is filled with nice people. If you can't find one, be one."
Go ahead, make someone's day! :)