Today I arrived at work to discover a pink envelope propped against my computer which had my name on it and the cryptic message Not on your list - A big mistake "Get a friend to help me". Inside I discovered four scrap pieces of paper with different messages.
Message 1: TMM 69. I was over 40 when I first discovered HUBRIS
Message 2: Better get moving on this one SI 89 (can't believe you haven't done this - a sheltered life)
Message 3: B&S31 Skin Central Brighton 83771300 (monthly specials)
Message 4: F&F 41 Victor Harbor $99
I'm not cryptic in my thinking - at all, in fact I'm kinda thick sometimes when it comes to anything cryptic. In the mornings I get to work at a ridiculously stupid hour, so that I have a traffic free run and then so I can read my emails and have my breakfast before I start my work. The only person who gets there earlier in my area is my boss (although some days I wonder if he even goes home at night)
I knew it wasn't him (he's not a pink envelope type of person) but he had put other work on my desk so I went with my best thought that it must be from his wife. She's recently discovered my blog through Google Plus (which is the only positive thing that I can say about Google Plus at this stage, because I'm not a fan yet)
It was only when I sat down tonight and really read through the messages that I realised what they actually were, they were related to my 101 tasks in 1001 days list on the challenges tab.
Below is message 1 - as in # 69. Learn a new word every week and use it on my blog. The word is HUBRIS which I googled and it means "extreme pride or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one's own competence or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power"
Love it, now I just need to figure out a sentence using this word.
Message 3 was # 31. Treat myself to a manicure and pedicure. She provided the name and phone number for a salon.
Last but not least, message 4 was # 41. Organise 3 overnight getaways with hubby. This is a special deal for a standard spa room for $99 a night at a nearby Country Club.
I'm stunned, surprised and absolutely bewildered at how thougtful this gesture is. So to all my bloggy friends, especially those involved in Sarsm's 101 tasks in 1001 days, lets keep the circle going and do a similar thing for someone else. Kind of like the pay it forward theory.
I'm going to come back and tell you about what I do for someone else and also about the four challenges I'm going to cross off of my list very soon. With photos even if you're lucky.
Candy - I'd like to be even half as thoughtful and as creative as you are. Thank you.