Day 218: Lessons Learned

10 Nov

Today I shared a few lessons I have learned from being on this pie journey with the Ashland Rotary Club. I am about 60 percent of the way into my year of pies and have discovered some truths along the way.

The first lesson is that my words have little to do with the gift of pie that I bring. All that I need do is give my gift with sincerity and love and the rest will fall into place. People can see the spirit behind the gift and that is what matters.

A second lesson I have learned is that it is very important that I give my gift of a pie in person…. and 98% of my pies have been delivered this way. However, there were a few that were left at the doorstep because of a missed connection, etc. The lesson is that by being present with the gift, the recipient gets to see that you have made an effort on their behalf, and that is hard to overlook.

The third lesson is that it does not matter who gets a pie, but rather the important thing is that I give a gift each day. While I may think of honoring one person with a pie, if it is impossible to connect with them, then I should find another recipient. This project is about giving… not about a perfect plan.

The last lesson for this evening is that it is impossible to know the impact of our actions and that I should not judge a reaction at all. The most important thing is that I give my gift with love and the energy from this will continue on in some way or another.

Today’s pie recipient was determined quite randomly. At this afternoon’s Rotary luncheon, cards were passed out with the name of this website on the front, and only one of those cards had the number 218 written on the back. Gloria was the Rotarian that had that card and she received a Pear, Almond and Cream Cheese Tart… just because.

2 Responses to “Day 218: Lessons Learned”

  1. Debbie November 11, 2011 at 7:22 AM #

    Random gifting. What a great idea!

  2. Shirley Patton November 23, 2011 at 7:48 AM #

    Your pie-giving lessons transfer into so many areas of our lives. And that looks like an incredibly yummy pie!

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