In this month’s blog, Edinburgh-based author and artist Lynne Harkes, reflects on the challenges and rewards of giving – and receiving. After losing a £20 note while out jogging, Lynne decides to let it go. “I thought no more the incident until a couple of weeks ago when I came across a £20 note lying on the pavement near my house. This is the first time I have ever come across any money dropped on a pavement and the fact that it was precisely the amount I’d ‘lost’ earlier took me aback.”

Delighted but also uncomfortable with her good luck, Lynne was led to reflect on the importance of  learning how to receive. “It’s all very well to donate and help others and even to bless our losses but we should receive with love and give thanks for whatever comes our way. This small incident had made a big impression on me and has shown me where I have room for improvement.”

Read the full story – and see some of her beautiful artwork – here.

Lynne’s first book, Spinach Soup for the Walls: Finding my spirit in Africa (Local Legend), was released last year and tells the story of how Lynne   fought to rediscover her own spirituality and find a new way of thinking while living in the jungle of Gabon, West Africa.  

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