I love to give. I’d rather give gifts than receive them. Birthday’s? Christmas? I love being Santa Claus! This, however, can be a downfall and is something I’m working on – learning to be able to receive without feeling like I have to give back. Receiving, and that’s all. Why can this sometimes be so hard to do? Sometimes the best gift to give back is accepting & receiving. Take a compliment for example. How much does it bug you when you tell someone they look great and they reply: “Nooooo.. I look horrible! How could you think that I look nice?” Lame! What a way to reject the gift you so kindly gave. The simple gift of a compliment. Why not just a simple answer of: “Thank you!“. Done. So much better right? Receiving. So simple, but so hard to do sometimes!
The other day I was looking for some recipes to make on a camping trip we’re going on this weekend. I found a book my mom gave me a few years back, ‘The Well-Fed Backpacker’ (my mom knows me well, and also knows that I need to get better at backcountry cooking!) After looking through it, feeling a bit inspired to create more than just KD & turkey sausages, I took a glance at the front of the book. Here’s what gave me a big grin:
It probably only took about 3 minutes to write this note, but it meant so much. Even 3 years later. Imagine 20 years down the road when I pick up this book. Imagine the grin then.
3 minutes is sometimes all it takes to make something a little bit more personal. It’s easy to buy something to give. But making it personal? That takes a little more thought. THAT’S where the love comes in. Make it personal. Give more, and give a little bit of yourself – your creativity – with every gift.
Smile with your heart!