Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Pleasure is spread through the earth
In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.

~William Wordsworth, 1806

this last gifting is proving to be quite challenging to me. i have many opportunities to "gift" strangers at work, but i want to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone, to really reach out to someone in a way that is not "required" by the definition of "hospitality." does that make sense?

so i'm off to (hopefully) spread stray gifts through the earth today. wish me luck!

has this last challenge been difficult for you?

on saturday morning, between soccer and work, i spent a few hours with my Rotary Club participating in Rotary International's Day of Service. This year's theme is "Make Dreams Real," and we are to support the youth of our communities.

we went to a local family emergency shelter, a residential facility that provides a place for kids and teens to stay when they or their parents need a cooling down period. i should write an entirely different post about this facility, because i believe they are providing a great service to our community.

when we work at the home, we do not interact with the children, so they are, in fact, strangers. this year we helped enclose an addition to their storage shed. we pressure washed, hammered, painted, and had a wonderful morning of fellowship. it is a little gift of time, and one that i am happy to give.


patsy said...

I really regret Not doing these spt's this month.. I really like the theme. I have no good excuse, just busy etc. I really love reading them & you have inspired me to do some good stuff- I just haven't posted-
just wanted to let you know!

Bahama Shores Mama said...

i can't wait to see what everyone comes up with this week. Thanks for hosting again!

Jeanette said...

Good luck. This is a tough one. It shouldn't be, but it is. I'm sure you'll come up with something great.

Chris said...

Good luck! I think that is great to go out of your comfort zone. makes me want to rethink my post for the day. Thanks again for the challenges. :-)

jenn said...

this was challenging....thanks for making me think about gifts and giving more! even if i had to cheat a little this week with an older picture....

Alisa said...

I finished, but not as strong as I would have liked.
I have a collection of ideas now on how to share with others.
Thanks again Lelly- I am excited to see what the merry month of May brings!

MaryRC said...

i cheated... so does my spt still count?

Crystal said...

someone asked if you were crystal? ha! I hope they meant that in a good way. haha!