There was a time, in my past, when it was so easy to get caught up in the social obligation of gift giving.
Now, I do love giving gifts. Love, love, love it. But, there were times when, instead of feeling a sense of joy and wonder, I'd feel the pressure because it was expected. And then, I'd wonder if my purse would survive the extra weight of it all. Especially when one tried to gauge just how much the other person might spend on you. Oi vey! Talk about stress.
There is nothing like a sense of obligation to squeeze the joy right out of it! But, hey, wait a minute, I want my gifts to be an expression from my heart.
Because, the essence of gift giving -- whether our gifts are wrapped in shiny paper or come as a note with words of affirmation, an offer to provide some service, or spend time together -- is really a message from the giver to the receiver. And, the message we're are really looking for is...
"You I cherish... you I love."
As we prepare ourselves for this special holiday season, may the gifts we choose be ones that come from hearts filled with affection, esteem and love.
And if there are gifts that still come with tags of obligation, may we change our own hearts about it and give with a different attitude. Or, if possible, don't participate where the heart cannot follow.
Brenda and Snowflake