Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Day 298, November 4
We are approaching the time of gift-giving. For some it is a stressful time. For others, joyous. No matter where you fall, you will probably be searching for at least a few gifts during this season. Finding the right gift is sometimes difficult, even stressful.
When I ran across the quote below, it reminded me about choosing gifts thoughtfully.
"Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of the character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning." ~ Lydia Maria Child, Letters from New York
What speaks to you? Is it flowers, as Ms. Child writes of above? Is it beautiful music? Is it a new book? My sister loved flowers. When she was alive, I frequently sent flowers to her. For me, flowers are okay, but I prefer a long-anticipated book.
Showing the we love somone, that we value him or her, means zeroing in on what speaks to them. I remember one Christmas many years ago, I gave my husband a leather-bound journal. I was very excited, believing that he would want to write in it as I did in my journal every night. I even pictured the two of us writing together. (What can I say? I was young and naive.)
It was a perfect plan, save for one flaw: Larry doesn't like to write. I knew that, but somehow I brushed it aside when I chose the journal. I wasn't getting him a gift; I was getting myself one. Since then, I've tried to do better in the gift-giving department, but I still fail occasionally.
Joy for today: giving from the heart.