Tell Me Something Good – Being Neighborly
hooray! it’s friday! even though i no longer have a traditional work schedule or work in an office setting, there is always excitement surrounding fridays nonetheless!
today’s ‘tell me something good’ is about our neighbors. when we first moved in to our new place 2 months ago, we introduced ourselves to our neighbors but they didn’t seem too keen on chatting – which is fine. we exchange friendly “hellos” with the man when we see him out walking his dogs or sitting on his porch but that’s about the extent.
earlier this week, i awoke to it snowing yet again and i was very grumbly about it. it was snow/sleet which means it drenches sugar’s lushes curls when i take her on a walk. plus, i’m still feeling some resentment towards the snow since it kept my husband from coming home over the weekend, which meant we had to go 12 days without seeing each other. thank goodness he came home late last night – yay!
so sugar and i are taking our little stroll at 6:30am and i am wearing my winter jacket, crazy workout pants and striped wool socks with my sperrys (photo above taken later in the day). i look like a 4 year old who finally won the fight to dress herself. that’s my best effort for rolling out of bed to take the dog out.
as we make our way back home, i pass the neighbor who is scraping off his car and mumble ‘hello’ with the grogginess of how i assume sleeping beauty sounds after awaking after so many years. he says ‘hi’ and then says “can i ask you something?”
i’ll let you in on how my brain works (which is something i’m continuing to work on): i immediately assume this is a roundabout way to tell me to not park in a certain spot, that he doesn’t like my dog or that my new hanging basket of flowers is annoying his eyesight.
instead he simply asks if we have a dining room table (yes) and if we would be interested in any high quality table clothes, napkins or placemats? i was totally floored and so pleasantly surprised. apparently he works at a fabric factory and he says they throw away tons of really nice linens and he would be happy to bring some home for us!
how nice is that?!
i played the conversation over and over again that whole morning and it put a huge smile on my face! what a kind gesture for him to extend to people he has only said ‘hello’ to a handful of times.
it was a great reminder to not pre-judge people or assume certain things. it also reminded me to go out of my way to try to brighten someone else’s day (which led me to buying my dad a pastry and coffee yesterday). small gestures go a long way!
oh and one more thing! i shared on my social media that my favorite/only tea bag holder fell out of the cabinet and shattered. i totally cried about it. it held lots of special memories from our 50 city speaking tour and visiting the mansions in newport, RI. then someone commented about where i can buy another one online! apparently my feed randomly showed up in her ‘popular posts’ and bam! thanks universe 🙂
with that – drop some good stuff on my lap that’s going on in your world! let’s spread the positivity!