A few weeks ago, I purchased a pair of Red Leather Gloves online but I ordered and received the wrong size. I didn’t want to go through the hassle of returning them and all that would involve. So, I decided to give them to a friend of mine whom I was sure had small hands; at least smaller hands than mine. She doesn’t.
The following week, a few of my friends and I were at “the deli” for our regular Tuesday night supper. As a result of this gathering at this particular place, I’ve made some additional, new and delightful friends. One of those new friends is Pat. Pat is a sweet and generous woman. She once gave me a GREEN sweater that she had been wearing. This was no ordinary sweater; it was APPLE GREEN, one of my favorite shades and had some beautiful stitching on it; further, it was kitten-fur soft. Later, I gave it to a friend, the one who doesn’t have small hands, and she enjoyed wearing it for a time. She then gave it back to Pat who has since given it away again.
On this Tuesday night, after seeing that the Red Leather Gloves would not fit, I asked Pat to try them on, noticing her smaller hands; a perfect fit! There was a small argument about her accepting the gloves and she finally gave in or gave up.
Sometime later that same evening, Pat admitted to us that she had, just that day, given away a pair of gloves that she was wearing. They were the ‘fingerless’ kind. A woman admired them and Pat took them off and gave them to her, figuring that she could buy another pair for herself.
I felt good about giving away the Red Leather Gloves, but had no idea they were playing their part in the Paying-it-Forward-gift-of-the-day.
I love it when I see these kinds of things happen and often wonder how many of these happenings I miss. It really doesn’t matter if I know it or not. What matters is that if I feel a “need” or a “stirring” or hear a “still small voice” saying to give away something, I never go wrong in following that prompting.
Often, the phrases, “What goes around comes around” and “You reap what you sow”, are quoted in a negative sort of way. Personally, I like looking at the good things that ‘go around’ and get “sown”.
It’s good to remember the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” for it will come back to you.
“And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Gal 6:9 KJV).
“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit” (Gal 6:9 The Msg).
My dear friend and ‘hero’ pastor, Dr. James B. “Jim” Richards says, “If you always believe until you receive, you will always receive what you believe.”
What did you do with your Red Leather Gloves?
© 2014 Cat Brennan
🙂 A very happy story!
Catherine, the Great, and you wear it well! What an awesome website and i am so excited to finally explore! I plan to share this and reach out to others about
the joy of sharing conversation and life’s simple pleasures.
Your sister in christ, Pat
A perfect way to start the year. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!
Thank you for sharing that beautiful story. It is a good feeling when we know that something we do has a positive effect on others.
Thanks for sharing Catherine. Enjoyed the story and the concept. I love the places you find joy. Happy New Year!!