Jolie Guillebeau

Gift, better given.

August 16th, 2012

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” –Alice Morse Earle

First! Two things!

One: I graduated from the beginner class in TaeKwonDo last night. This has absolutely nothing to do with today’s painting, but I’m ridiculously proud of myself and thought you should know.

Two: Of more interest to you perhaps, I’m today’s guest on Creative Living with Jamie– a podcast that I’ve listened to for ages. Chatting with Jamie a few weeks ago was such fun, and I’ve been looking forward to sharing this with you. Go listen!

But first, read this story.

Yesterday afternoon, I had coffee with my friend Tammy. We were talking about her new writing class, and her choice to go without sugar when someone walked in the cafe with an armful of long stem roses and began offering them to everyone.

Tammy took one with a smile, but I refused since they often make me sneeze. But then a few minutes later, she said with a little frown, “Now I feel like I should go home instead of going to the gym, so that I can put this flower in water.”

I thought about it for a minute while we both took photos of the rose. It was beautiful. But I could tell that Tammy was wishing she hadn’t accepted it.

So as we got up from our table, I interrupted the family next to us and asked if I could give their four-year-old a flower. Her eyes lit up and she beamed with a smile.

It was the best solution. I have a photo (and now a painting) to remember the thought from the kind person who gave it to us, Tammy got to go to the gym, and a four-year-old got her own flower instead of having to share with her sister.

Sometimes gifts are better when they’re given.

August 13: Gift, Regifted. 4×4 Oil on Panel. $95

3 Responses to “Gift, better given.”

  1. Jamie Says:

    Reading this post made me lit up like that four-year-old! What a delight – and what a delight to have you on the show, Jolie! It’s always so wonderful to talk with you. ((bighugs))

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  3. Chelsea G. Says:

    Wonderful! Great story :)

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