DECEMBER 14

DECEMBER 14

From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

December 14

Call it any old psychobabble thing you want, whatever it was, the fact remained that I was not my usual cheerful self from the end of January until mid-March.

One day after a job interview, I stopped at my friend Sharon’s house for tea. As I was leaving, Sharon noticed I was missing a button on the belt of my coat. “Hey,” she said,“there’s an extra button inside. I’ll sew it on for you right now.”

The gift of Sharon’s time, when I was at such a low state, meant more to me than if someone had given me a sweepstakes check.

When I got home there was a silly greeting card from another friend.“I’ve got a hug here with your name on it.”

A few days later, my Texas coauthor sent me a “sunshine box” filled with chocolates, red silk tulips and ginger-lily bath gel.

Before I knew it, I understood one of the most amazing, most profound aspects of life: The world and its people are designed in such a way that no matter how big our problems, the smallest gesture given in love from a friend can become the biggest miracle of all.

Patricia Lorenz

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