It’s amazing what happens when you do something small and unexpected for someone else. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, you can just hold the door for someone. Chances are, they might hold the door for the next person. Why not set off a chain reaction of goodness?!
I’m blessed (for a lot of reasons) but in this case, I get the extraordinary power of being able to give away coasters. Yes, you read that right - I can give away coasters - whenever I want to. But, I don’t just give away coasters -> I can actually turn a coaster into a cookie. Gasp! It’s pretty incredible. Let me explain…
I had my pop-up studio jammin just like it is in Rockport, or at my weekly Painter Without Borders pop-up’s at the Mass General Hospital Cancer Center. But this weekend my setup was in the Natick Mall, the largest mall in New England by number of tenants (250), during the busiest shopping days of the year (Black Friday Weekend). The Natick Mall has a small, locally crafted makers market, and I was happy to be a colorful part of it. Towards the ends of the day, a woman approached me about a Tom Brady painting I was working on.
She told me her son was a huge Brady fan, and that she was elated to very soon be adopting this young boy and his wonderful sister. I noticed she was also working in the makers market, and was selling homemade cookies. So I walked over and brought a Tom Brady coaster that I had made, and I told her daughter to pick out any coaster she wanted. They gave me a big hug, we enjoyed a grateful moment, and I walked away.
A minute later that sweet little girl walked over with a box of cookies -> Deliciously homemade, soft, and chewy. So That’s how I turned a coaster into a cookie. And that’s why I always try to set off a chain reaction of goodness.
When we get to be a part of stories like this, it doesn’t even matter how much we sell, because what we get back is priceless. Stay Colorful -> Jonathan!