God made some beautiful people.
This weekend, I celebrated one of my dear friends being born into this world. Becky turned 25 today.
And how did she celebrate? By doing 25 acts of kindness. Things like sending flowers to someone at her mom’s work who’d recently undergone surgery; or delivering doughnuts to the firemen at the fire station. Of course she would. That’s just Becky.
Becky was actually my recruiter for the company I work at. When I did my internship here in the summer of 2012, I was delighted to find that I’d be working in the recruiting department with her, at a desk right across from her. We quickly found that we were two peas in a pod – connecting on things like our obsession with healthy foods; meeting at 6 am to go running through the high-rises and over the river to Kentucky; foodie partners-in-crime, trying local joints like a gourmet hot dog place downtown or chicken and waffles in Over-the-Rhine; and talking about our faith in God and how He truly has a grander plan and broader view of things than we do. It’s not often that I have deep, faith-building conversations with people outside of my own church. But it was so easy to talk to this girl about my deepest convictions, because she shares so many of them and has a very real and unwavering faith in and love for God that strengthens mine.
Becky is the ultimate optimist; when I left my internship last summer to return to business school, she gave me a book called, 10,000 Reasons to Be Happy, because, as she said in her card, “There are just so many reasons to be happy!” I think she could have written the book.
So to celebrate her birthday, in addition to the 25 acts of kindness, she invited us all to breakfast at her favorite pancake house (she LOVES breakfast). At the end of the meal, she’d arranged for the waitresses to come out and hand out little gifts to all of us – jars of homemade granola, with redeemable “coupons” attached. (Mine was for one day’s adventure to a museum, Nick’s was for dinner at a place he’s never been.)
Becky struck again. We were there to celebrate her, and there she was giving to us.
Sometimes you get moments to reflect on how beautiful the people in your life are, and to be grateful that, somehow, your paths crossed and they are a part of your life.
So here’s to celebrating Becky being in this world and making it a beautiful, happier place!
“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” -Elizabeth Gilbert