“So what’s the deal, are you dying or something?”
It was a question I thought I knew the answer to, but to be honest, I wasn’t 100% sure.
Bill is exactly the type of guy who will send you a gift for seemingly no reason (one of his better character traits I might add), but this particular time was different. This wasn’t just a cool pen that he had ordered three extra of (by mistake?). This was an entire bundle of gifts including the following:
- Leather carrying case
- Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
- Essays by John Muir
- Black Mercator pocket knife
- Blue №7 Opinel pocket knife
- “The World’s Best Tweezers”
- Lip Balm
- Three bags of locally made bacon jerky
Pretty sweet, right? But, wasn’t this too sweet? Was something wrong?
Was this to be the last time Bill would send me and Dave something unexpectedly because something unexpected had happened to him?
These were the thoughts that ran through my mind as I explored my trove of goodness. Hence the text I sent him that opened this post.
As it turned out, Bill was fine. 100% healthy. Didn’t even have a cold. What was going on was Bill was being intentional about practicing gratitude, and Dave and I were the fortunate recipients of said gratitude.
Likely due to a significant increase in free time, as the result of several life changes, Bill felt this was worth doing. My conjecture is that he had probably just finished reading his thousandth Fast Company or Business Insider article on mindfulness and/or appreciation, and that ended up being the straw that broke the camel’s back so to say.
He explained to me that he had run through the mental exercise of considering the outcome of sending a bunch of cool stuff to his brothers and determined that there would be absolutely zero downside and the potential for an upside — albeit one that was completely unknown to him or the world at the time.
It turned out he was right.
Months later, as we worked to launch our Handkerchief “empire,” Bill’s expression of gratitude became the impetus for the Everyday Carry Kits that we now proudly sell online — one of our most popular products. Bill certainly didn’t know what the outcome of his expression of gratitude would lead to, but I’m confident that he has zero regrets in taking action.
So who in your life are you grateful for? When was the last time you let them know? Why don’t you give them a call, shoot them an email, or send them a card to let them know. And if you’re looking for something a little extra, maybe send them a handkerchief too.
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