Today is the twelfth day of Kat McNally’s August Moon. I have participated in her Reverb projects in December as well as her April Moon offerings, so it was a no brainer for me sign up for August Moon again this year. it comes at just the right time for me, I believe. There is a lot swirling around in my head and heart these days, and I’m looking forward to using the opportunity that August Moon gives me to work through those things that are rattling around inside of me.
Today Kat gives us the following:
What do people thank you for?
What do people count on you for? What do they like about you, compliment you on? What do they thank you for?
As someone who sometimes get asked to do things that I don’t necessarily love doing and is good at a range of things that I actually don’t actually enjoy (I’m looking at you, even management!), I hasten to add: think about the times when you are in demand, complimented or thanked and it totally lights you up inside.
Sometimes these things can seem totally random.
How do you surprise and delight other people? (Because you know the truth is that you do.)
Hmmmmm. This is a hard one. I think I used to do this more often than I have more recently. Before I moved home to Mississippi from Kentucky, I was excellent at sending little notes or cards in the mail – little packages of “lumpy mail” – a concept I was introduced to during my first year of teaching by the lovely ladies who ran our first year teacher induction program. For no reason at all, every once in awhile, out of the clear blue sky, there would be this envelope show up in your school mail box with a little treat. Maybe a little piece of candy, perhaps an inspirational saying, something designed to help you through the moment and into the next. And I used to be really good at finding those kinds of things – picking them up and storing them away for when i thought someone might need them. I used to end cards at Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s and Easter and the 4th of July and Halloween and Thanksgiving. I didn’t even get Christmas cards in the mail this year.
People thank me for the resources I am able to provide for them. I’ve always been really good at gathering resources. Often the my course of pursuing texts and the InterWebs, I’ll come across things that might not necessarily be useful to me, but I know someone who can use it. It’s nothing to quickly put together an email message and send it off. Lots of times, the resources I stumble upon are useful to me too, so it’s a win all the way around.
I think too that I give good gifts. When I remember to actually put them in the mail. *sigh* I’ve got a few in my office that need to be sent out right now…and have needed to be sent out for quite some time. I try to be thoughtful – remembering things that people have said they wanted, figuring out what fits them best, taking into account so many things.
I miss doing those things. I’ve got to figure out a way to put them back into regular rotation.