the happy jar how little things can mean a lot

I aloof delivered a chargeless speech. I am a abundant follower in chargeless speech, but an even greater follower in paid speech. However, there are acceptable reasons why someone according to me would deliver chargeless speeches. For instance, to abutment a charity or a statement I accept in. Or if the audience is full of bodies who hire speakers.

If you’ve ever spoken at a dinner or ran a workshop at a conference, you’ll grimace when I mention the dreaded “token of appreciation” presented to the speaker. In your head you anticipate, “Oh no, not another T-shirt.” I accept my share of T-shirts, golf shirts, letter openers, books that accomplish not absorption me, sweets, ball caps, and pens. I don’t charge any added.

Sigh. I suppose that’s the price of chargeless speech.

Which brings me to my recent chargeless speech, at the borderline of which I braced myself to face Dreaded Token. I was presented with a admirable allowance bag brimming with colorful paper — the absolute camouflage to conceal Dreaded Token until he was ready to pounce. Mercifully, Madam Accumulation President did not accomplish me accessible the bag in front of everyone.

As I was preparing to allowance, I sneaked a top inside the bag. To my surprise, there was a candy jar with dozens of tiny plastic smiley faces glued to the lid. Around the lid were foam-rubber multi-colored letters that peruse “Blessed Guy”. Wow! It was hand-fabricated. Madam Accumulation President took the age to craft a personal allowance. How thoughtful. Dreaded Token, you accept met your match. Accommodated Blessed Jar.

If you accept ever been a root, valuing added the hand-fabricated card your babyish daughter scribbles for you than any ad hoc she could buy, you apperceive how I felt when I met Blessed Jar. I can’t wait for my daughter to be aged enough to haul so I can air that road added generally.

In action, babyish things really accomplish count. You might be tempted to dismiss them, but they are the seeds that abound up into the garden of your action. Not all babyish things are acceptable, but yours can be … if you are ready to accomplish a baby accomplishment. Madam Accumulation President could accept handed me a T-shirt or a ball cap or leftover fruit cake from last Christmas. (Affirmative, I was once presented with left-over fruitcake.) But she invested her accomplishment instead and I accept something admirable to inscription about today.

You can accomplish someone’s day aloof by manufacture that selfsame babyish accomplishment. I sent an encouraging e-mail to lift a acquaintance’s spirits today. It worked. Those carefully chosen words brought her humour adapted back up. I’m sure you can guess how abundant that fabricated me air, too.

When Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the epic This Is The Abode raved to me about the writing in my book, I felt on top of the apple. (It’s not the huge $75 royalty checks every three months that inspire authors to inscription.) She then raved to and and a dozen other book analysis interlacing sites. Accomplish I accept to acquaint you how her babyish extra accomplishment fabricated me air?

I apperceive I am blessed to be surrounded by so abounding thoughtful bodies, but I again apperceive that we reap what we sow. What are you sowing? Are you manufacture the age to accord a babyish extra to bodies around you? Are you sowing seeds of beatitude in your garden of action?

With the adapted seeds and a babyish extra accomplishment, you may acquisition added Blessed Jars in your action than Dreaded Tokens. And of course, let us not forget the sorcery words to accumulate those Blessed Jars coming: “Thank you Madam Accumulation President.”

About the Author

David Leonhardt is the Blessed Guy, motivational speaker and author of “Climb your Stairway to Heaven: the 9 habits of maximum beatitude”. Sign up for your chargeless “Daily Dose of Beatitude” at, or appointment the Self-actualization Resource Center at

Originall posted August 13, 2012