From the desk of Teresa Jordan, Executive Director – The power of a cupcake is extreme delight on a cold, wintry day.
This week I had a setback and I was feeling quite overwhelmed. Then I entered the hallway and was offered a cupcake – and not just any cupcake, but a cupcake that said Happy Valentines Day … with sprinkles.
There were absolutely no strings attached to this sweet gift. I did not have to visit, prove that I could eat it without covering myself with crumbs or offer a counter-gift of some kind. Nope, just a pass by in the hall, a smile, a tray and – boom – I got a cupcake.
Instantly I was shaken from my moment of frustration, not just for the sugary goodness, but the smile, the generosity – and the sprinkles – a moment to bring me back to what is really important, the other human beings that I am walking around with, the generosity of others, the small delights in a day and the holidays that are scattered throughout the year for all of us to enjoy.
I know that this person was giving out cupcakes en mass so perhaps was not aware of the service it rendered in bringing me back to the light. But isn’t that the way it is with all true sprinkled positive interactions – we are mostly unaware of any struggle or hardship another is really facing, so all we can really do is keep handing out the cupcakes, without trying to figure out who needs one or where the biggest impact will be made.
We are all in this together and while I know I loved my cupcake moment, it reminded me to never miss a moment to offer small sprinkled kindnesses of my own – Valentine’s day or not.