"The gift is to the giver, and comes back most to him - it cannot fail” ~ Walt Whitman
The quote is so appropriate for this time of year and for each day that follows. Around the world, Jewish people start to celebrate Chanukah the night of December 12th and Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25th.
While the two groups have different religious beliefs and traditions, they both include gift giving on their holiday.
Many people search for the perfect gift to give. They go from one store to another, checking websites in between, to find something specific or to get an idea. What can I get for him or her becomes the mantra.
Do do we buy gifts that we like or gifts "they" will like? Is it an obligation or expected of us? Do we stress over whether the person will like it?
Sometimes a conversation about not exchanging gifts with someone works well although opening a discussion about it may be difficult. At other times it takes looking inward and asking why that type of person remains on your path.
The best gift to give at any time can’t be wrapped. It’s the giving of ourselves. A gift that feels good to “give” and makes the recipient happy to “receive”. If you ever get a gift from me keep in mind it’s because I want to give it. And most often it won’t be wrapped!