While I was walking home from spin class yesterday, I wondered why people aren't nicer. I make a conscious effort to say and do as many wholeheartedly nice things as I can every single day. I'm a big believer that if you send out a lot of good karma, some of it is eventually going to come back your way.
Upon opening my mailbox, I saw a small package tucked behind my weekly copy of Time Out New York. (I know what you're thinking - that magazine is FAR too urban for me. And you're right. I will not be renewing my subscription.) I hungrily grabbed at the little brown envelope, guessing that my sorority had sent me something else in preparation for one of the two conferences I will be attending this year. But, in fact, it was from my dear friend JJH.
After ripping it open excitedly, I saw the most adorable small journal with an elephant on it and a diecut post it pad in the shape of the whale. (My two absolute favorite animals.) I squealed. JJH lives in the city and could have easily met me somewhere to deliver the present in person. JJH knows how much I love and appreciate mail the good old-fashioned way and took the time to go to the post office. JJH is one of the most thoughtful and generous people I know and I am lucky to call her a friend. She is also one of the most talented, creative and funny people I have ever come across. You can see for yourself here.
When I thanked her, she told me that she saw it in the window of the MoMA several times and thought of me, but each time she walked by it was closed. She couldn't resist getting the little goodies for me and finally went back when they were open. I was feeling kind of down and this cheered me right up. It couldn't have arrived on a more perfect day.
I try to send out mail at least once a week, whether it be a gift or a card. When I get back from my sorority convention at the end of the month, I am going to buy a book of stamps and send out mail every day until all of the stamps are gone. I will keep you posted on what I send, but not who I send it to, as mail is always better when it's unexpected.
Just when I'm about to question karma, it always comes around.
JJH and I at my birthday party. I love you! Thanks for making my day.