A few years ago, twenty envelopes were hidden around the streets of Cardiff, each holding a ten pound note and two simple instructions to whoever found it. The tenner should be used for someone else, and it should be used to do some good.
Matt Callanan’s #Tenner4Good idea kindled an incredible response, transforming the ten pound notes into gifts of flowers for strangers, care packages for those who are homeless, and even a pile of change made available at the turnstiles to train station loos!
Through one simple idea that has grown around the world, a gift in an envelope quickly realised its potential value. Ten pounds suddenly became a day made or a new friendship, and one person’s gift became someone else’s to give.
I find that gifts realise their greatest value when they are given to others again and again. When a gift gives us such great joy, sharing it only amplifies its joy, delight and power!
To succumb to cliché, this lockdown I’ve been having a go at baking sourdough. With a friend’s finely-tuned recipe – and plenty of time to try it – I’ve come to really enjoy the slow labour of love that sees mere flour, water and salt become a pretty special loaf. And while the smell and taste is a fine reward, it increases tenfold when I slice it up for my parents to take a bite too. Sharing the fruits of this gift of a recipe makes it a whole lot more valuable! It’s my plan to share the quarantine crust with more friends and family in the coming weeks – to eat one loaf and give the next.
Gifts really do realise their greatest value when they are shared with others again and again. It may be a song, a recipe, a story or a tenner. In these lockdown times, receiving gifts from family and friends can prove to be a wonderful way to connect when distances only seem to have stretched.
But why stop there?
A present that has brought us a spark of joy can quickly be fanned into a flame for others to delight in as we pass it on. So when you find that spark, perhaps think how you could share it, and see it blossom into something far greater than you when you first found it.