This morning, I remembered that I'd put a $10 bill in my change drawer, kind of as a buffer. I decided I wanted to give half of it (to continue stretching). I went down to the grocery store, bought a gift card and left it in the washroom; on the envelope, I wrote "To whoever finds this." The shopping centre was packed, in part because it was cold and pouring, and in part because today was a "downtown trick or treat", where all the businesses hand out candy to kids.
I came home, because it was just too cold and rainy to do anything, and a few hours later, I bundled up again to go pick up the leftovers from the coffee shop. This is part of my daily routine, and although it began because of this Challenge, I no longer consider it a gift... but I have to say, today it did feel like a Give, considering the weather! (I'd better get used to it...)
I received an email from a woman telling me that a piece of advice I'd once given her has been very useful to her lately - that was really nice to hear. It was actually something I'd heard: that we don't take one huge breath in and then hold it because there will never be any more air; we breathe in and let it out, trusting the air will be there (barring extreme circumstances!). And the same is true of money - we don't need to hold onto every little bit, but "breathe" it in and out.
Tonight, my upstairs neighbour gave me half a large bag of almonds she'd bought. Almonds are a great nutritional balance of protein, carbs and fat. They're not terribly filling, but because I've been living on one meal a day, they're a great supplement to make sure my blood sugar doesn't totally crash.
So, two nice receives today.
Hope you all had relaxing and inspirational Saturdays. Cheers!