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The Best Gift In My Kingdom ...

Saturday, August 11, 2012

emoticonThe world is a large and varied place. The part I live and interact with is my personal kingdom. A big part of my kingdom I have "no" control over and yet another big part I "do" have control over. So the "BIG" question for me is to understand which is which. The reality of the world may wish to impose itself upon me, however I may choose to reject a lot of that in my own kingdom ... or not. Ultimately it is up to me. Hmmm ... how about you?
emoticonAh, it's another wonderful day in the kingdom. Yesterday was my daughter's birthday. The dh and myself kept the grandchildren over night so she might enjoy some adult time to celebrate. Our entire family has had a financial crunch this past year and we have all been finding ways to work through that. It has been especially enjoyable for me to see the creativity that has been used for these special occasions during the year. The gifts have varied from home-made cards (some on computers & some painstakingly cut and pasted together) to personalized gift cards (a months worth of grass cutting/ overnight babysitting for an entire weekend/ haircuts and hair coloring/ car washing with detailing/ house cleaning/ etc.) to paintings, hand made pillows and sculptures from nuts & bolts & the like. I especially liked the home made picture frame with a family picture taken from my son's wedding last year. The old saying "It's not the gift but the thought behind it that counts." comes to mind. In my kingdom the memories I most cherish are not of what money has been spent but the time spent and with whom. I believe these gifts that have been given are of greater value than any store bought item.
I once heard of a missionary who was leaving after many years of service in a foreign land. Everyone in the little village was working hard to make a wonderful celebration to honor the missionary. One of the villagers walked many days to get to the seashore and pick out a special shell as a gift. Then they walked many days back again. On the day of the celebration the gift was given to the missionary who thanked the villager but said he shouldn't have taken the time and gone to so much trouble. The villagers response was "But you see, that is part of the gift."
Time is something everyone has and no one can buy. How we use it is up to us. May you spend your day wisely with love and joy for yourself and others. This message has been paid for (with personal time & energy) and approved by myself for use in my kingdom and any others who wish to. lol
emoticonI am exploring my kingdom of relationships with friends, the world around me and my inner self. Life is an adventure. It is not a dress rehearsal and I want to learn something new about myself and my surroundings. I invite you to do the same.
Stay safe, find the joy in your day and keep smiling sunshine. emoticon
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    What you say is so true. I still have pictures that my daughters made for me when they were young (they are now 29 & 26). We also didn't have money to go on trips or buys gifts for each other. What they look back at and enjoy are the times we spend watching movies, eating sunflowers (messy) but they loved to eat them, playing board games. Making brownies & cupcakes - teaching them to cook - "Being together".

    thank you for the reminder & what creative ideas you have to give each other as gifts - very nice - I will take a couple of those ideas.

    1870 days ago
    Very creative way of gift giving during these hard times, awesome! emoticon
    1870 days ago
    For some people, "it's the thought that counts" is an apology. For me the thought is so much of the gift.
    1871 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    Thank you for sharing these thoughts with us.....good food for thought and actions to be taken. emoticon
    1871 days ago
    Vow lovely thoughts taking the time to get something special is great
    1871 days ago
    So true it is all about being together and not the so called trappings of the good life. I can enjoy a nice cup of tea with a friend and just being with my family. The memories are all that we have to sustain us. I am trying hard to hold onto all the good ones because i know so so personally how they are snatched from us in an instant.
    Of course right now it would be nice to be sitting on a beach somewhere under the beach umbrella and reading a good book! emoticon
    1871 days ago
    WoW. So very many thoughts to ponder. Thank you for sharing. Audra
    1871 days ago
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