I wish this day could be the movie Ground Hog’s Day.
Four girlfriends thought they would get together, have a bite to eat then do a little Christmas shopping.
During lunch one of the women announced she had an idea. You’ll see this really turns out to be a mission. She reached in her wallet and handed each of the
other women a Benjamin, WHOA! We quickly learned there were strings attached. The $100 came with some serious ground rules for our shopping experience.
First… You must buy a gift for yourself. Giving to yourself is first and foremost. I liked where this
Second… You must buy a gift for someone you know. Giving to those we love strengthens our relationship bond. No problem. I can do that.
Third… You must buy a gift and give it to someone you do not know. Random acts of giving open your
heart and the heart of the recipient. Now this excites me!
Finally… You must return in an hour and a half with the gifts and pictures as proof of the random giving
act. Should you not be able to complete the mission as the rules dictated then you had to return the 100
Just before we set out to shop, our server placed a big and beautiful sugar rimmed Maine Blueberry Margarita in the center of our table. We toasted a “Merry Christmas” and on the count of 3 only the ice cubes and 4 straws remained in the glass as evidence we had been there.
An hour and a half later we reconvened… at a local tavern. We broke out in a show and tell session and
gleeful stories rolled off our tongues. We passed our phones around staring at pictures of strangers who
received the random act of giving.
Lisa is in the middle. She gave this family of 4 a gift certificate to LLBean. Definitely happy campers with their two adopted Indonesian children.
The man smiling at Sandra is happy because she just bought he and his wife lunch. They plan on paying it forward for sure. The joy of Random Giving is flowing!
This pair of Jill McGowen texting gloves wound up on the paws of this young woman who I met in Starbucks. She was a bit taken back and shy at first but it looks like she got beyond it. She was so cute. She told me she got a great parking spot at work today and she knew that meant she was going to have a great day. She was right!
Everyone we came in contact with wished they were doing what we were doing and those who were the
recipients of random acts of giving were blown away and all of them said they were going
to pay it forward!
Funny thing is, anyone can do what we did. It’s the giving that makes the difference not the amount of
It was a super amazing shopping day to say the least! I don’t want to make this a national holiday I just want to make it a habit.
If you have a random act of giving story please share.