She knew there were lots of good things in her life, but she still felt there could be something more.
“I woke up one morning and decided that I didn’t like my attitude and that the only way I could change my attitude was to do something good for other people,” said Lezley Wright, owner of Miracles and Hair Design.
It didn’t take long for her to figure out how she could help provide some miracles in other people’s lives and share the good feeling with her clients. She asked each client to make a contribution to her Miracle Bucket, as much or as little as they wanted, for each hair cut and put their names on a piece of paper. Then at the end of November, she had her client, Thor Enge, 10, whose hair she been cutting for years, to draw a name. The person whose name was drawn gets to choose a cause for the donations, which totaled more than $400 for November.
“I want this fund to be available for a variety of things, like helping a single mom with an unexpected bill, to giving to a charity. Everyone who sits in my chair knows someone who has a need. It opens your heart to think how sometimes a little help at the right time can make all the difference,” she said. “People feel good when they get their hair cut and this is a whole new level of feeling good. We’re planting miracles in our community.”
Wright plans to continue the Miracle Bucket year-round and she hopes other salons and businesses will join her in the project.
“There are 32 salons in Vernon and I’d like to challenge even five of them to get involved. The more, the better. Just think what we can do, how a simple miracle, all anonymous, can change someone’s perspective on the world,” she said.
“My bad attitude is gone now. I’ve got a higher vision and purpose. I like to remember St. Francis of Assisi, who said, ‘Start by doing what is necessary. Then do what is possible. Then, suddenly you will be doing what is impossible.’”