A woman came into a salon one day, long ago. She was perhaps 5’4” and weighed close to 260 pounds, and she requested all of the best treatments for her hair, plus a manicure and a pedicure. As she went through her day of beauty, she smiled and laughed with everyone. There was definite, positive energy flowing through the salon and when she left, as she hugged each person in thanks, she left behind a strange sensation. It was as if she still remained. The next day, she called the salon manager and said quietly: “I came into your salon yesterday and requested all your best treatments because I was preparing to commit suicide. I wanted to feel good about myself just one time. My self-esteem had hit an all time low and I just wanted to end it. But all of you were so accepting, and it made me feel so special, that I’m not thinking that way anymore.

The Gift