I was recently reminded of how much joy flowers can bring, when I read about an anonymous benefactor who is bringing joy to folks in their town by having flowers delivered to individuals for no apparent reason. I was so thrilled by this story! The only criteria is that the recipient must have done a good deed at sometime in their life. The florist Dennis Nutley of the Green Cottage in Hudson Valley gets to create & deliver these gifts, and he recently said “he wished the person sending the flowers could see the joy that he sees when they are delivered”. You can read about it here; http://www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2010/12/17/life/doc4d0a8d594f9c1596323966.txt
Another fellow florist in Scotland was reflecting upon how beautiful their flowers looked in photographs that were sent to them by a local photographer who was shooting an event they did locally. Their flowers are really beautiful! You can read their blog and see their flowers here; http://planetflowers.blogspot.com
I was reminded while reading their blog, how little I really get to enjoy my flowers. I am always so busy with the production aspect of installing for an event, or setting up a ballroom for a party or wedding, or just making beautiful flowers for clients who call daily and want us to send a little bit of joy to their loved ones, there is so little time for me to actually enjoy them.
If you ask our delivery drivers, they will certainly tell you a whole different story. They get to experience the joy, the surprise, and the pleasure that a gift of flowers can bring to the recipient. Delivering flowers is a hard job, but I’m pretty sure that they wouldn’t trade it for any other job in the world! My driver always wants to know what the occasion is because he cares that much. I always love it when he comes back to the studio and tells me how much the recipient loved the flowers. I realize that I need to stop taking flowers for granted! Bringing JOY is what we do best!
The other thing that was a great reminder was when a customer recently sent me flowers. She came into the studio, while I was at home sick. She asked if any one had sent me flowers? Of course not, who would make them? But our designer Tamara told the client she knew how picky I was & knew exactly what to send to me! I can’t tell you how it made me feel! Maybe I was more shocked at the kindness of the customer, but I know that a big part of my joy was seeing the beauty of the flowers through different eyes.
I would love to get a little mystery flower trend going and send them to someone who deserves a little bit of joy back! We all know that special someone who keeps giving but never expects anything in return. What do you think? This could be like the Seattle wave~pass it on~let’s make it happen in our own little communities. Call your local florist, , give them a little joy, by asking them to send a gift of joy to someone who deserves it! Just thank them for being the kind of person who gives to the community expecting nothing in return.
P.S. I just remembered the lady who came into the store, and asked if she could pay for the next person’s flowers~ When the next person came in, I rang up the sale and told them that they were already paid for, she just could not believe it! She thought it was me that paid for it, but I told her it was paid for by a customer, who just wanted the next person to be blessed in the way she felt she had been blessed in her life. I don’t know what led me on this path today, maybe it’s just the time of the year, but I too feel very blessed. The human spirit is truly amazing and I am reminded every day in this job that it’s not about shopping, it’s about a purpose!