Don’t Just Give a Gift, Be a Gift

Christmas is only a few days away and the stores and web sites are filled with people looking to find that perfect gift for everyone on their list. While this time of year is meant to be joyful, for some there is real pressure to validate their love and/or who they are in the gifts they give. Perhaps you are one of those people who wants to make a champagne impression but you have a Boone’s Farm budget. As the days tick off you are feeling the pressure build and it is like a knot in your gut.

But what if the most perfect gift you could give required no budget, no risk of an overdraft on your checking account or no depression when the credit card bills hit in a few weeks? And what if that most perfect gift was already in your possession and did not require going to malls or waiting for a web site to come back up after traffic caused it to crash? You already have the perfect gift. In fact, we all do. It is YOU! And it is US!

Whether we know it or not we are the perfect gift for ourselves and everyone on our list. Whether you knew that at one time and just forgot or no one ever told you the gift that you are, it is true. You are a gift. And when you realize that you are a gift and begin to see yourself that way and treat yourself that way, something absolutely incredible happens. The people you talk to and come in contact with can feel it too and they begin to treat you like the gift that you are. And as good as that is, it gets even better. Because when you are a gift others can begin to see themselves as the gift that they are.

A word of caution. When we talk about being a gift we are not talking about some egotistical exercise. We are talking about simply seeing ourselves the way that God, Source or The Universe sees us and loves us. God loves each of us and is not wrong for doing so.

There is nothing wrong with giving gifts and looking for that special gift can be a fun experience. But this year why not see yourself as the gift that you are? Don’t just give a gift, be the gift that you are! Merry Christmas to all.

Lynn Everard

Please note: The author is not a licensed medical or psychological professional and the contents of this blog and its posts are not to prescribe cures or solutions. The reader assumes all responsibility for using the contents for his or her own edification.

Holiday Blues

We made it through Thanksgiving and now the December holidays are upon us. Perhaps no other time of the year brings with it the almost infinite swing in the pendulum of emotions. As children we loved the holidays and they could not get here fast enough. The anticipation surrounding the gifts we would receive was both delicious and addicting. We wanted it to be December all year long.

But as we got older and experienced the realities of life things became a bit more complicated. We began to be aware of old family rifts and the sadness of facing the first holidays without a close relative or a dear friend. And as much as we could not wait for the holidays as children many of us as adults face this time of year with a certain dread. Ironically, the pain we managed to hide all year decides to come out now at the very time we are not supposed to feel any pain at all. In fact, we are supposed to be happy. Not just happy, but childlike happy. But that is hard to do if you have children with wish lists far larger than your bank account can cover. In my own life many years I lost my dream job in October. I had no severance and no job prospects. I did have a wife who worked very hard and two children who loved Christmas. I remember taking everything that I could think of and putting a price tag on it. I held a garage sale and made enough money to add to what some friends provided to us to give those two wonderful children a great Christmas.

The prospects of seeing relatives we don’t get along with, dealing with the loss of a loved one or seeing a loved one we are about to lose can leave us feeling ungrounded or stuck in emotional quicksand. The truth is that we have no control over what happens in our lives or in the lives of those we care about. But we do get to make choices. We can choose to love ourselves and let that expand to everyone around us. We can choose not to open old wounds in ourselves or in others. We can choose to honor the memory of those we loved and lost by loving the people they loved. And we can choose to love those who are in the process of leaving us by not being afraid to talk with them or touch them. When we love without needing to be loved in return we then reclaim the children who have always been inside of us who are filled with love and joy and we can then share a truly Happy Holiday with them. If we will allow ourselves to sit quietly with that thought we will realize that is who we really are and it is all that we have ever wanted. And in spite of what anyone says it is truly a gift we can give ourselves. And here is the magic, when we truly love ourselves we help other people feel like it is okay to love themselves. And then our world changes for the better just a little bit more. So why not love yourself a little more this year? It may be the biggest and best gift you can ever give to the world.

Lynn Everard

Please note: The author is not a licensed medical or psychological professional and the contents of this blog and its posts are not to prescribe cures or solutions. The reader assumes all responsibility for using the contents for his or her own edification.