We could all take a cue from Miss Rumphius, a children's book written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney.
Early on in the book, the main character's grandfather offers a life lesson, urging her to see the world, seek adventure, but says that ultimately, "you must do something to make your world more beautiful".
And with that principle as my guide, I've done this in the most simple way: by putting out sweet treats for people passing by my retail store.
Why do this? Well, a couple reasons. True, it does bring customers in (and this helps with my rent and keeps my pugs in puppy chow).
But even more so, it's an incredible thing to see people's reactions as they pass by.
There is a certain magic to seeing people's faces light up as they unexpectedly encounter a tray of brightly colored cookies, cupcakes, or even Pop-Tarts broken into bite-sized pieces. Especially in a neighborhood which is best known for its disaffected hipsters. It's fun to see them smile.
As for the sweets themselves? Sometimes they are homemade, and sometimes they are store-bought. Truly, though, (yes, I'll admit it!) the sweets themselves are almost secondary to the idea that this gesture is meant to take one out of the sometimes dull routine of everyday life--if only for a sweet and fleeting moment.
After all, who isn't just a little delighted by the prospect of a free cookie or treat, just because?
And it's fun to muse on the possible sweet implications: for instance, if encountering unexpected treats brightened one person's day enough so that they smiled at the next person they saw on the street, and that act put that person in a better mood...well, just think of the sweet domino effect this could all have.
Here's to a sweet week for all!
Want to see the magic for yourself? I'll be putting these out today (while they last!):
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