A Group of People

The Value of Red

In gifts, kindness, life, others, red, smile on February 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Simple Beauty

By Collin Peterson

I started out with my usual introduction but found I wasn’t receiving a response. As I stood in the doorway, resting in the 10 seconds of awkward silence, I was informed the patient had trouble hearing and I needed to speak to the family instead.

“Is there any additional help I can offer right now?” I asked.

“Just keep the ice chip machine going; we like those,” the family responded.

As I was leaving the room I noticed a small flower tucked inside a soda can on top of their dresser. “Now how did that get in there?” I asked while pointing to the flower.

One of the family members explained that the patient liked the color red and as such they thought it would help bring a smile to their loved one. They did this for the sole interest of the patient.

Some hospital rooms are filled with overwhelming balloon and flower bouquets and others have their own leaning tower of greeting cards. This room however had one small flower inside an ordinary makeshift flower vase-a soda can. While extravagant can be good, the use of creativity to transform the ordinary can speak a similar language, if not more powerfully. To the patient, this flower and soda can meant the world. To an outsider it may simply seem commonplace and prosaic.

How many times do we truly abandon our ego and put others first? “They will really like this and…”

Think I’m cool
Like me better
Be my friend
Increase my social status
Owe me one…and the list goes on.

In a country filled with Hollywood effects, 3D television and “Apps” at our fingertips, we can become conditioned to think gifts of grandeur are the only possessions worth receiving. What about beauty in simplicity? Have you noticed it lately? A flower in a soda can, or a heart shaped snowflake? Have you helped someone else notice it lately?

I challenge you this week to perform a RAOK (random act of kindness) for someone you know (i.e. your spouse, family, children, coworker, etc) and do so WITHOUT expecting a return. Give with the intention to give, not get. It doesn’t have to be lavish, just genuine. This is solely about the other person and an exercise of the heart.

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” – Kahlil Gibran quotes (Lebanese born American philosophical Essayist, Novelist and Poet. 1883-1931)

“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” – Albert Einstein

We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

Luke 21:1-4

The picture above is a photo of the actual flower inside the patient’s room.

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