Wednesday, February 1, 2012

29 gifts...Day 1

Please go get this book & read it!!

My sweet friend H. loaned this book to me and I am racing through it!  It is such a beautiful story, well here's the scoop:

About the Book
One month after her wedding day, thirty-three-year-old Cami Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and the life she knew changed forever. Cami was soon in and out of L.A.’s emergency rooms with alarming frequency as she battled the neurological condition that left her barely able to walk and put enormous stress on her marriage. Each day brought new negative thoughts:
I’m going to end up in a wheelchair. Mark’s probably going to leave me. 
My life is over. Why did this have to happen to me?
Then, as a remedy for her condition, Cami received an uncommon prescription from a friend, an African medicine woman named Mbali Creazzo: Give away 29 gifts in 29 days.
“By giving,” Mbali told her, “you are focusing on what you have to offer others, inviting more abundance into your life.” The gifts, she said, could be anything, but their giving had to be both authentic and mindful. At least one gift needed to be something she felt was scarce in her life.
Cami was amazed by what unfolded during her month-long journey.
29 Gifts is Cami’s poignant and unforgettable story of embracing the natural process of giving and receiving. Many of her gifts were simple—a phone call, spare change, even a Kleenex. Yet the acts of kindness were transformative. By Day 29, not only had her health and happiness turned around, but she had also embarked on creating a worldwide giving movement.
The book also includes personal essays from others whose lives changed for the better by giving, plus pages for the reader to record their own journey. More than a memoir, 29 Gifts offers inspiring lessons on how a simple daily practice of altruism can dramatically alter your outlook on the world.

Believe me that was so much better than I could have described.  

Be sure to check out Cami's website HERE

So today, I began.  I gathered fresh eggs from "the girls", painted a wooden tray, filled it with raffia grass, added a couple of paper flowers, these beautiful eggs and took it to my sweet neighbor.  She was so surprised as it was "out of the blue" as they say.  I appreciate her very much as she is such a dear sweet friend (and a little crazy) and I love her!

Much to my surprise, she sent me home with fresh dill and cilantro from her sister's garden!

I want to see what will happen in my life if I really commit and focus my energy on giving for 29 days.What space will it create in my life for new and unexpected things to occur? What shifts will I see in my thinking and behavior as a result? What impact will my gifts have on others? These are just a few of the questions I have. 

Today was different.  More joyful and lighter!  And I can't wait for tomorrow!!  Oh, and the punch line....If I miss a day, I commit to starting all over again.  Yikes!  I just typed that out loud!!

Abundant Happiness ~ Namaste