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Pinecone Delights

IMG_1614 IMG_1616For decades we have walked down our one way road each morning. We know every bump and crack along the route, so you can imagine our surprise when recently, strategically placed pinecones began appearing. Yes, the random pinecones that fell in disarray the night before were still evident, but these pinecones were different. They glistened atop granite rocks, they lined the curbsides, they saluted us from wooden posts, they decorated the neighbors stair rails. Their purpose and their artistry were a mystery.

Who was re-arranging the pinecones and why?

In the days to follow, these questions continued to dominate our conversation and our curiosity. We invented games, which revolved around spotting newly positioned pinecones. Nor could we resist altering the pinecones. Moving, relocating, stacking, creating variations on the pinecone sculptures became our interactive exercise as we walked.

But the question of why the pinecones were appearing remained; until one morning we saw our prime suspect walking toward us. We asked if she was the creative force behind the pinecones, to which she gleefully admitted, “I am.” Hearing her explain the emergence of the Pinecone Delights touched our hearts.

How does one provide comfort when someone else has experienced a devastating life event? Her display of pinecones was intended to lift the spirits of one of our neighbors, who had lost his son just before the new year. She wanted him to encounter a series of small surprises as he walked his dog each day, a distraction from grief. The pinecones are Unexpected Delights not only for him, but for all of us who became an unknowing part of this loving act. We hope our engagement with the pinecones has perpetuated the delight and brought additional joy. A clear intention to comfort and this simple, yet inventive act of kindness has uplifted all our hearts.

Can you think of an unexpected delight that has uplifted your heart today?

“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuos small treats.” -Iris Murdoch from The Sea, the Sea



 The Holidays are fast approaching. It is a season of great anticipation, traditions, preparations and opportunities to get together. Thanksgiving, one of the first of these Gatherings, is a time not only to reflect upon what we are grateful for, but also a time to be more aware of how we welcome and include others. Giving and receiving the Intangible Gift of Hospitality plays a significant role at Thanksgiving. Yes, sitting down to a golden brown turkey with all the trimmings is wonderful, but what we want to remember when the leftovers are gone, is a feeling of warmth and belonging. That feeling begins with our greeting. How we greet each other determines the type and the tone of the experience that we will share. So pause for a moment to give some thought to the mood you want to create for this Thanksgiving. Making others feel welcomed and included is one of the key ways in which we can deepen our connections. Be the Gentle Eyes that Welcomes others and create the kind of interactions that will build bonds that endure.

             Remember, we all want to be given our own special greeting.

            How would you like to be greeted on Thanksgiving Day?

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Based on the Heart Tale: Say “Hello” With Your Eyes, You Are So You! The Path to Uplifting Hearts