I am always amused by those wonderful envelopes that incessantly find their way into my mailbox. The front warns me in bold red letters not to throw away the envelope because I “May already be a winner!”
Then there are the priceless emails that litter my spam folder. I must be the luckiest person on Earth! Every day I am the winner of a Google lottery, have an unknown Nigerian government minister’s widow seeking my assistance in getting millions out of the country, and my email has been selected to receive five million dollars!
What about you? Perhaps you too have already won! What if I told you that sometime in the next year you were going to run across a complete stranger who possessed a very special gift? What if they had the power to grant you any wish that your heart desired? What if they held the power to give you absolute happiness for the rest of your living days? Now for a final caveat, what if I told you that they were not allowed to tell you who they were? As a special condition, that unknown person would bequest their special gift strictly based upon the way you treated them!
So, what would the next year of your life be like? Would you be a little more patient with the overworked waitress who did not get your meal on the table as quickly as you would like? Would you think twice before avoiding eye contact with that homeless person sitting in the park alone? Would you be more inclined to help that elderly man in the parking lot load his groceries into the trunk of his car?
Acting on your very best behavior would now become a new norm. Putting the needs of others before your own would become a happy lifestyle. Sensitivity to the plight of others would become your new credo, proudly emblazoned across your heart! All of this newfound transformation would be the result of you awaiting a precious gift!
Now let us fast forward into the future. It is exactly 366 days from this moment. You have gone out of your way to be pleasant, compassionate, empathetic, caring, and nurturing to every single person that has crossed your path. Complete strangers have become your friends! Your family and coworkers have all been inspired by your never-ending stream of kind acts and charitable words! Everybody holds you in the highest possible esteem!
In spite of this phenomenon, you find yourself disappointed! What about that gift of absolute happiness that you were promised? The stranger never revealed themself and you never received your reward! Or did you? Is there any more wonderful treasure than to give of yourself completely and be adored by all of those around you? Could it be that El Dorado is simply just reaching out and improving the lives of others, even if they are complete strangers? Are the jewels of the kingdom hidden in a fortress that you already hold the keys to?
As for me, if that mysterious stranger with the powerful gift just happens to be reading today’s blog; I will pass on your offer! Please give that gift to somebody else! I have already found my gift! You blessed me with the ability to write words that will inspire others and you have bestowed upon me the blessing of being able to create with my hands and my mind!