Then, on my way to the grocery store: Wise Shrew! Oh, Wise Shrew. She is perfect. The perfect gift.
This moment is full of things — joy and pain and fear and acorns. Nail files, tiny birds, clothesline and clouds. Only some of the multitude make their way to you. We think we see what there is, but really what there is is enormous. What we see is particular.
Usually the world, as it arrives to us, feels like an accident or like nothing at all. What if, as an experiment, we imagine it's on purpose. What if we pretend, for a few hours, the universe is offering us things, curated things, things chosen specifically for us. What if, just as an exercise, we imagine she's left us a gift and go out looking for the gift she's left,
then find it and feel grateful,
then give it back.
Shall we try? Here's the plan for how:
1. Imagine there's a gift for you somewhere in the world.
2. Walk out into the world. (If you want to, take a picture of the place where you're walking and send it to us.)
3. Look for your gift. It might be an acorn or light through droplets or a pair of boots in a free box. Believe that you'll know it when you find it.
4. Find your gift. Take it home. Feel thankful. (If you want to take a picture or make a drawing or in words describe your gift and send it to us.)
5. Imagine there is someone who is waiting for a gift, somewhere in the world. Choose a gift to give them. It might be an acorn or a song you sing out loud while walking or a pair of boots you found in a free box.
6. Walk out into the world. (If you want to, take a picture of the place you're walking and send it to us.)
7. Offer your gift up.