The other day I posted a book on the Squamish online community page, and listed it as “free”. I wasn’t expecting anything, I really just wanted someone else to enjoy the book I had finished, and to be honest, posting it online was easier and faster than having to decide what to do with it. A lady emailed me, asking if I’d drop it off at the chocolate store downtown where she worked. Of course I agreed, as the chocolate lover in me was hoping for perhaps a small exchange.
The next day, I hand delivered the book to this lady, and instead of chocolate she gave me two books of hers. What a great idea! Even better. With my new books in hand, I went next door to the flower shop where I ran into a friend of mine. I ended up giving her one of the books, as I really only needed the one. This inspired her to start a book club with some friends, as she wanted to get back into reading but needed the extra encouragement. Done!
My new book (the one in the picture) is one that I might never have picked up; but I’m finding that I can’t put it down. It’s a book that’s tugging at my travel bug and passion for remote nursing. Inspiring to say the least. The best part being that I never would have had it in my hands if it weren’t for my initial effort of giving something away.
The unexpected ripple effect of giving. You never know what a simple gesture will lead to. It’s beautiful watching it all unravel.