Anonymous Flowers Never Fail
--by psbiggs, posted Apr 6, 2007
The first time I did this, the intent was just to make the man smile and yet I did not want to send the wrong message so I did not sign the card. He was an older man at work, widowed and his family was somewhat estranged. He had always been kind to me and helped me through my initial years. It was his birthday and I just wanted him to know he was thought about. The result of not signing the card was an unexpected joy.
The whole office (over 300 people) buzzed about his flowers as everyone tried to find out the sender. This made him feel special and then, as he would try to think of people who would have sent them, he would light up. He made contacts he had been putting off for a long time to see if they had sent the flowers. He finally did find out it was myself and that gave him an added smile that someone he didn't suspect would send him flowers.
The resultant joy of this act was so much more than anticipated. I think that is the way it is many times when we reach out to others with a simple act. I've found this works best with someone who really wouldn't suspect you would send them flowers because they do not readily suspect you and end their search early on although I have sent to people I know and it does make them smile.
Thanks for sharing the story. It is truly inspiring!