She walked into the Ballroom just as I had gotten off a difficult phone call, and was waiting for my next client to arrive.
I had never seen her before. Petite, pretty and fairy-like, she was holding a bouquet of twelve deep red, velvety roses as she made her way towards my desk.
I got up, met her half way, and she told me that she wanted me to have these flowers.
"But, you don't know me... " I said.
"No, but I want you to have them" was her answer. And then she added: "You can give them away, if you want. One at a time, or all together, or you can keep them."
I told her that I would really love to give them to my next client, the one who was on her way here, if that was okay with her. I knew that she could very much use a dozen red roses, right about then.
She gave me a smile, her blessing, and a hug.
After she left, I put the roses in water, and with my nose buried deeply into the bouquet, I let the Essence of the gift swim through my heart. I took it in all the way.
Five minutes later, when I handed them to a beautiful, tender woman, I knew that the gift had been multiplied several times.
I believe that these roses are not done giving. Take a look at the photo and help yourself.
I am pretty sure they were meant for you, too.
Island Bliss Retreat
July 12 to 19
Happiness Retreat in Italy
"Thank you for sharing your wonderful, heartbreaking, exhilarating experience with the world."
"Thank You Laura for sharing, for teaching and spreading loving kindness. "
"I think I love you. You bring good things into my life, or remind me of things I love and know, but have let go of."
"Laura, you are so good for me. I laugh and sniffle and get the shivers when I read your essays. Thanks so much for letting all your wonderfulness run around loose."
"Heart-achingly beautiful, your words and how you reveal your truth."
"Thank you so much for who you are and what you share with the world. Your mere being transforms lives as it has transformed mine. This particular post did to my heart what water does to parched soil."
"Thank you for your gentle words that are packed full of wisdom. I have been struggling with the concept of what words can do to another person when they are negative words. Your words are the flip side of our word power, and shows how delightfully powerful kind words can be. Thank you."
"Once again Laura Lavigne takes you on an adventure of the heart. She has a way of pulling you right in the car with her. Asking you to consider changing a fear to taking thoughtful action. Whether she's teaching a class, leading a retreat or heading for a happiness sprinkling, Laura will invite you to shed old ways of thinking and be completely authentic. Join in!"
"Essentially pure love.
I enjoy how Laura is kind to herself and to us other humans who dance in and out of each other's lives. "
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You can count on Laura for warmth, humor, charm, and a lift to your day and your heart. She inspires me to be braver than I am, and to love the world out loud. She's a gem, and a generous one at that!"
I write because this is the way I am able to taste life more deeply.