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Be generous: a four-leaf clover from a friend

A four leaf clover from a friend

Have you ever really wanted something, but it was too expensive? I have wanted The Chicago Manuel of Style since Guy Kawasaki mentioned it in his book, APE: How to Publish a BookThe book Ape is $16.49 on Amazon. I bought Ape. The 16th hardcover edition of The Chicago Manual of Style is $40.67 cents. I didn’t buy it.

Last week my friend posted on facebook that she just bought the 16th edition of The Chicago Manuel of Style, “Sounds utterly fascinating, doesn’t it? ;)”

To which I replied, “It does! It does! It is on my list to buy. Bravo! Bravo!”

My friend gave me her 15th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. An unexpected kindness.  The air felt fresher. The sun shone brighter.

He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor.
Proverbs 22:9

This morning when I was reading The Chicago Manual of Style I found  three pressed four leaf clovers on page 824.

A gift from a friend with three small treasures. Her gift was more than a book, it was a blessing. I pray she is blessed today.

The Chicago Manual of Style: A four leaf clover from a friend

When I woke up this morning I hadn’t planned on being generous today, but I will look for an opportunity. How about you?

Will you be generous today?

P.S. The books are affiliate links on Amazon. It won’t cost you anymore to buy them here. The pennies Amazon pays me will help pay for kitty litter. I have four cats. 

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Yes, I am. And now I will know how to format a book.

  • Nice reminder to be on look out for the little things we can do for others.

    • Thank you Eileen. My story was a reminder to me as well. Today I found some things in my basement I think a friend might like. Now I just have to deliver what I found.

  • There is a sweetness in this story that brings a smile to my face. Thanks for sharing. I need to pause more often and consider how I can be generous in my own life.

    • Sometimes it is just listening to the little voice in your head that says, “Why don’t you give your jean jacket to …”

  • Proof that God is a personal God. He encourages his children with a touch. No one else in the world received a gift like this at this specific time, and with the extras of clover leafs. Such proof of his existence!

    • Yes, I was touched by the hands of Jesus when my friend gave me her book.

  • Pamela, this is so sweet. I want to be the kind of friend who blesses people like that. Above and beyond. Just like Jesus.

    • Yes, Brianna, above and beyond. I think you are that kind of friend.

  • Loved this post and the way you are motivating others to be generous.

  • Janelle

    I’m happy for you! I’ve been giving things away this week. I gave a dresser to a friend and she painted it and is using it as a lovely new piece of furniture in her dining room. She sent me a picture and it looks beautiful. I gave a small children’s desk to another friend who has a little girl. She sent me a note saying how much they loved it. It was just sitting unused in a corner of my house. These were all things my family had outgrown. I love knowing that someone else is using them again. I love that your friend gave you something you can use. And the pressed clovers, that is just lovely.

    • If you lived closer I have a water bucket for a goat. I will have to find something a fellow Canadian needs that is not too heavy to send.
      Your generous spirit is a blessing to your friends.