Lately, there has been a lot of change, some very exciting and interesting, but it all adds just a little stress to life. I have also had some unresolved health issues creep up again, which adds its own element of stress during a busy time (not to mention expense). I having been feeling a strange mix of discouragement and excitement about my life right now. And it was starting to balance out more in the discouragement side when I had a happy surprise.
One of the readers here at The Nourishing Gourmet, Evi, sent me a surprise package. I was curious what my package from Greece was going to be after she asked for my address. I love surprises! When I walked out to get my mail yesterday, a strong, lovely smell filled my porch.
My eye caught a package stuffed into my mailbox, and when I eagerly grabbed it, I noticed the label. It was from Greece! I quickly brought it inside and opened it, as I continued to get whiffs of herb-y scent.
I was delighted to find a large bag of freshly picked and dried wild oregano, sent just for me from Greece along with a sweet card from Evi! I can’t wait to start experimenting with it! It has so much more scent (and I imagine flavor) then even the high-quality regular oregano I buy here. (Give me ideas, people! I’d love to hear some!)
As much as I loved the gift, and look forward to using it, most of all I am thankful for the encouragement the gift was to me. It gave me a lift to my tired legs, and a warm happiness in my heart. And this herb is so fragrant, its constant perfume in the air reminds me throughout the day of the gift!
As I look forward to a busy year of school with my children, writing, and a husband with new opportunities (and as I hope to get some answers soon for my health), I am truly thankful for this gift giving me a lift. It’s such a good reminder of how simple acts of kindness can mean so much.
I’d love to hear from you, not only ideas of how to use my wild oregano, but also how small acts of kindness have given you encouragement. Plus, I’d love to hear your ideas on how to encourage others, whether with gifts of food, texts/letters/emails to friends, or ?
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