Every day Trader Joe’s donates dozens of beautiful bouquets of flowers for me to take to senior living communities. The link below tells of the origin of The Flower Project.
This is what happened today when we delivered flowers:
I gave a talk at a senior living community, “Pilgrims of Peace – The Lessons Learned from the Lives of Nelson Mandela, MLK, Gandhi and Mother Teresa.” It was a big group, about 45 people. Luckily, I had 45 bouquets of flowers to pass out. Every morning Trader Joe’s donates them to me so they can bring smiles to seniors living in care communities.
Many of the residents responded to my questions with knowledge and great interest. And there were a few that were not responding. Perhaps they had hearing or vision problems or maybe dementia.
There was one lady who came up to me and said, “I am a Peace Keeper. I live my life by the Dostoevsky quote ‘Beauty will save the world.’ I look for the beauty in every person and every situation. I see the beauty in my body and on the wrinkled faces of everybody here. I see the beauty in my artwork and in the accomplishments and just the wonderful beings that my children are. And in all of nature.”
We talked for 15 minutes about that concept which I had never heard. Dostoevsky wrote Crime and Punishment and The Idiot. The quote was from the latter book. I said to her. “You have changed my life by telling me all of this. I am going to do this every day for the rest of my life. I am so glad that you told me all of this, Hattie. “ She beamed. “Maybe that is why the good Lord has not taken me Home yet. I was supposed to meet you so that when I am gone, you can be a Peace Keeper.”