What are you really giving?

By Jenn Dwyer on December 23, 2013

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
- Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Christmas Tree 2013

Last Friday, I wrote a post about what Christmas was like for me when I was younger and believe me, it was ALL about the presents. At that time in my life I was obsessed with the countless things that I hoped would be under the tree waiting for me. As I’ve gotten older, my childish, selfish attitude has shifted to one of gratitude. Christmas has become less about the presents I’m opening and more about the people that I get to spend it with.

They call it the season of giving – and give we do. I bought my boyfriend a driver that I’m sure will bring him joy on the golf course come the Spring. I’m sure you probably have some gifts under the tree for the people you love too, and that’s a wonderful gesture at this time of year. But beyond the presents, the tasty meals you’re putting on the table and the material things, what are you really giving?

The most powerful present I ever received was a few years ago. We opened our ‘presents’ in the morning and when I went back to my room later that day, there was a card on my bed. It had a little note from my Mom listing three things she loves about me. This present cost her nothing but was the most generous thing I had ever received.

What made it so special? It was straight from her heart.

This is an important time of year to reflect – not only on what you have but on what you are giving other people aside from the gifts under the tree. Is there something you love about someone in your life that you’ve never shared? Voicing that to them could be the greatest gift you give this year.

I invite you to ask yourself, behind all the stuff that we pile onto the holidays, are you giving the most important thing of all – yourself?

Simple, yes, but so very special.

This year in the season of giving, whether you celebrate or not, what can you give to others? It can be as small as a smile to someone in the crazy grocery store line. It can be as courageous as actually sharing with someone you love why you love them. It can be on a bigger, global scale. However big or small the gesture seems, it’s a question of how you want to be of service to the world around you.

What do you want to give to the world, and will you give from an open heart?

Happy Holidays to each and everyone of you. Whatever you are celebrating, I wish you well!