Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Healing

The world needs healing so let's think about the good things that we can do.  Simple acts of kindness are a good start. It is a good time to reflect on what is important in our lives. Food bank shelves need restocking because so many people are hungry. Little steps lead to great strides.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Gratitude and Inspiration

One day at the Columbus Marketplace a terrific mom and her two kids stopped by our booth. They loved the images and the fact that you can put a message in the FortuneKeeper.  Her son was especially excited and we talked about which images he liked. He was 11 and was a very happy and respectful young man. He loved the earth and peace images. I could see his mom signaling my way to tell me that she would be back. Sure enough, she came back without the kids. Her daughter was 16 and she gave them 15 minutes to stroll around together. She wanted to get her son the earth image backpack pull and  I mentioned how lovely he was. She told me that in 2009 he went to school one day and did not feel well. The next day he did not feel well and she took him to the doctor who sent him home after examining him. He was a perfectly healthy boy who had stomach pains. Again the next day he was in such distress that she took him to the emergency room and he spent the next five months in the hospital close to death a few times. He had multiple surgeries that resulted in permanent changes in his life and in his ability to do things that we take for granted. She was just so happy to have him and to see him excited about life. We gave her a peace FortuneKeeper as our gift to him.  It was a great reminder that we assume so much and we often stress over the little things. Great family! Nancy

Monday, January 3, 2011

Friends We Made at Columbus Marketplace

Over a 24 day stretch, three busy, happy and tired people (FortuneKeeper elves) worked the FortuneKeeper outdoor booth at 59th Street near the entrance to Central Park.  We opened our booth on a monsoon-like day (Dec. 1st)  and closed down 4:01pm on Christmas Eve day. The hours were long. It was a cold December and at times the howling winds challenged our resolve, but we were resilient because no wind was going to blow away our dream. And what a dream it was. We met people from so many countries who shared stories of hope and who loved the FortuneKeeper. At first they loved the beautiful images, but after seeing how the FortuneKeeper works, they were intrigued and curious. Yes, we sold many FortuneKeepers, but in the end, we met such fantastic people who spent time with us and shared some truly amazing stories. Over the next few days, we would like to share some of them with you. Stay tuned!