Wednesday, December 19, 2012
OK so the holidays have come around again, and most of us join the masses in shopping, wrapping and in the giving of gifts. Once we are in the mind-set of..this is what we are going to do, we don’t hold back or struggle with the process, do we? We simply give away the presents we have acquired or each co-worker, boss, friend and family member, letting them go in the awareness that they were never ours to begin with. Do you know that if we apply some of this unquestioning generosity with our own inner resources and gifts, we are more apt to give of ourselves more freely?
In truth, our gifts only make sense when we give them away, including those of our own. Imagine carefully procured and wrapped presents that remain in the house of the giver, never getting to the people who were meant to have them. If we hold back, not knowing quite when to share our gifts, we all lose. Ironically, the more we give of ourselves, the more we have to offer. For example, if we have a talent for singing but we hold it back, we sing less and have less experience. On the other hand, if we offer the gift of our voice to the world at every opportunity, our talent develops and becomes still greater, and we have that much more to give.
And how we present our gifts could be compared to wrapping paper and ribbons. When we truly value what we have to offer, our presentation honors what lies inside it. We speak well of our talents and introduce them with confidence and panache. Like a performer who chooses carefully what to wear and how to set the stage, we provide an environment that complements and enhances what we have to offer. Far from being superficial, a beautiful presentation is as much a part of the energy of gift giving as the gift itself. All these things together—the gift, the presentation, and the giving away—make up the joyful experience of bestowing our offerings upon the world.
Everyone of us has that special something something from within that could be, should be shared. Let's stop holding back and let our gifts flow from one to the other with unquestionable generosity.