9x12 acrylic on canvas panel
Available through DPW gallery/auction
Day 14 of 365 days
This was previously painted in 2011 or maybe in 2012, but I first put it online in early 2013. I have always loved this painting and I'm actually quite surprised that it has not sold yet!
Who doesn't love to walk down a street & find cut flowers for sale? There is a small flower shop in NY that I see every day - it's actually in the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The man is always cutting flowers & arranging groups when I walk past. And every day it makes me smile. I have no extra money these days to buy cut flowers (these can be quite expensive in Manhattan), but it brings me joy to see the wonderful colors.
So one day recently, as I was doing my "make 1 compliment to 1 stranger every day" project, I decided to let this man know that he puts a smile on my face every day. When I told him, I think I took his breath away! He smiled, said "I always try" and thanked me. I think I made his day.
In fact, I think it has the same effect on every stranger I compliment. It can be as simple as "great shoes, nice bag, pretty coat, beautiful teeth or hair, great smile, love your necklace, or beautiful floral display" - it makes such a difference in a persons day & thoughts for the day. You will see a change in the persons expression almost instantly. And every person I have complimented has thanked me. And they say New Yorkers are hard people!
I do this often, once every day if I get the chance. I never lie or pretend, but all of us see things every day that we like or enjoy - let a person know when it does! Give it a try - do it for 2 or 3 days in a row & see how it makes you feel. The strangers aren't the only ones who benefit!
To Kurt: May you enjoy heaven & bring joy to the folks there like you did here on earth. RIP