Wow. Have you ever been knocked sideways by the kind gesture of another human being? Well, I have to say that I have been extremely lucky recently and have experienced just that. Well…not literally.
With the digital age and social media being the preferred method of communication these days it’s relatively rare to receive post at QVC. It’s always quite exciting when I do, to be honest.
I have been truly blessed to have received some incredibly kind gifts and cards in the post. Handmade scrapbooks of the cats, diaries, chocolates, flowers and artwork. I’m always extremely touched by the kindness shown to me by people who only know me as the girl who works in the shop on telly!
Toward the end of last year I was on air with one of my bestest of friends, Steven Corfield from Yankee Candle, when I mentioned how crazy I was about their Granny Smith scent and have been for years. Trust me, it would be something foodie. Can’t get enough of those foodie Yankee scents!
Anyway, Granny Smith isn’t that easy to get hold of these day,s and a very kind viewer sent a Granny Smith jar candle to me, saying she’d had it for a while now and thought I might like it. I LOVE it! What a massively kind thing to do! Not just the gift but the cost of sending it and effort to post it meant so much to me.
Well, many people know that I have long since lost a few of my marbles along the way and (I suppose, as a direct result of this) I have been pretty much building my own home around me for a while now. One thing I am very poor in is time. We’re all time poor, but this past couple of years have been the most demanding of my time ever! This makes me even more appreciative of the sacrifice made when people take time to be so kind and generous.
I try to keep the karma balance by doing things for others when I can. 99% of the time these are done very privately and certainly not live on QVC. A couple of months or so ago we had a brilliant Nails Inc Today’s Special Value offer on air and I received a tweet from a young lady who said she was suffering ill health and was enjoying the show but wouldn’t be buying as she couldn’t afford to right now.
I just felt that karma had presented me with an opportunity to help and told her to send me her details as I would like to treat her to the TSV. I knew that it wasn’t the purpose of her tweet but I wanted to do it for her.
I was trying to send her a message whilst live on air but it was difficult as I was obviously also presenting a show, so I just decided to tell her live. I must say that I did also make a little disclaimer asking people to understand I couldn’t do it for everyone but it was around Christmas and it felt right to do it for this lady.
I have been overwhelmed by the response I got for doing this. It was not something I had planned or expected to receive any recognition for. The Nails Inc team were touched, too and insisted they wanted to help, so they donated the TSV and I sent it out to her. She was thrilled! Mission accomplished!
The reason I mention this now is that a very kind lady with a heart of gold was prompted to get in touch with me because of my gesture. She wrote me a card full of heartwarming thanks and told me how she knew I’d been spending all my money on building our family home. She left no return address so I couldn’t thank her, but she also enclosed a generous cheque for me to treat myself to something “not to be spent on the house, something for you”.
I actually cried. What a thing to do. What a soul! I believe she deliberately left no means of contacting her so that I wouldn’t send the cheque back. Obviously, I tore the cheque up with the biggest smile on my face. Her thoughtfulness and generosity had bought me more than money could – nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors and I have shed many tears behind mine. The past year was pretty tough on many levels for me and this angel warmed me to the core.
I won’t reveal your name here (I imagine you wouldn’t want me to) but I desperately hope you read this and know that you did more than you can even know when you sent your gift and words to me. I’m sure you’ll take no offence over me not cashing your cheque but, my darling restorer of faith, you deserve it far more than I. I now insist that you buy something just for you and consider it a gift from me.
Thank you, again, to all of you sweet people who are so filled with goodness – it spills out of you and makes others feel amazing!
All my love,