Gifts and Wrappings

dreamstime_s_7288531, trimmedI have been giving quite a bit of thought to gifts and wrappings.  What’s important, of course, is the gift.  The wrapping makes it prettier, but the wrapping doesn’t have any substance.  It’s the gift that has significance.  If we don’t have any wrapping, we can still give the gift.  If we don’t have a gift, though, it doesn’t matter how much wrapping we have, we still don’t have a gift to give.

Over the holidays I sometimes think that we get so caught up in the “wrappings” that we forget about the importance of the “gifts” we give. The greatest gift we can give each other, of course, is ourselves—our time, attention, and love.  Being together is what is important, not the location, decorations, food, or even the gifts we purchase.  All these add to the fun and festivities, but they are still wrappings.  The gift is being together.

If you enjoy all the wrappings, and enjoy doing the wrapping, then continue and have fun with it.  If, however, you are stressed about making sure that all the “wrappings” are perfect, relax and focus on the “gift” of being with those you love.  After all, it is the gifts that are kept and the wrappings that are tossed.

For What Are You Thankful?

hThe original purpose of Thanksgiving was to give thanks for what we have.  Unfortunately, too often in the rush of doing everything we think we must do for the holiday, never mind what we need to do routinely, we forget to do what is most important—reflect on what we have and be thankful.

I think it is important to be thankful for all the little things we have in our lives as well as the big things.  It is, after all, the little things that combine to make our life.  Often we forget the importance of the little things, and now is a good time for us to remember what they are and how important they are to us.

I think it is also important to reflect on our life as a whole.  Overall, I think most of us have good lives.  We have more good than bad in our lives.  When we focus on the negative instead of the positive, however, the negative can appear to be a much larger part of our lives than it really is.  When we focus on scarcity, we don’t see abundance.

Do you see your life as it really is?  Are you thankful for the life you have?

Happy Thanksgiving!

hSometimes I think we get so wrapped up in the daily things that cause us stress that we forget to think about all the things that give us joy.  We also tend to focus on what we need to do and forget everything that we have done.

Please take a moment or two and reflect on all the things, large and small, that you have and that you have accomplished.  The purpose of Thanksgiving, after all, is to give thanks.  But we cannot do that if we do not identify those things for which we are thankful.