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The Greatest Gift

By on Dec 19, 2014 in Blog | 3 comments

What’s the greatest gift you can give to the people you love?

Could it be the gift of… love?

Okay, here’s another one: what’s the greatest gift you can give to the people you, well… you know… don’t quite love? At least, maybe not as much.

Or, I don’t know, maybe not at all.   (I know, I know, we’re probably not supposed to have people like that.)

Could it also be… love?

Part of the reason I’ve been thinking about this, I think, is that I’ve been identifying my priorities this coming year. Goals to achieve, key areas of life about which to be more intentional.

And the thread running through every single area – family, friends, work and business – is love.

Does that sound stupid? It sort of does when I see it written here. When I say it out loud it sounds like I’m trying to – I don’t know – say the right thing or something.

But over this past year I kept getting this message, kept getting provoked or reminded, that I need to be more loving.

And I mean every time I turned around.

Be more loving. Be more loving. Be more… Okay, got it.

Except, how am I going to do that?

I mean, I have some ideas about what I think that looks like. Same thing with kindness. Or, patience. I know what it looks like to be impatient (boy, do I).

But how do I “produce” patience… or kindness… or love?

Well, here’s a thought related to “the reason for the season,” so to speak.

Behind all of the awful, wonderful, cheesy, beautiful, mixed bag of ‘stuff’ we’ve turned this time of year into, at the heart of it is still the greatest gift ever given.

Love.

Tangible love. Love in action and in the flesh. One great example after another.

Given to you and me, for you and me.

You can’t give it back, though you don’t have to take it. You can’t afford it no matter how cool you are, you can’t pay for it, but you can simply take it.

Freely given, it is, yes (insert Yoda voice here).

Unfortunately, it’s not always freely received.

And there’s the problem and a paradox all rolled into one.

See, the more love I freely receive, the more I can freely give.

Rather extravagant, isn’t it?

But, if I don’t first receive love – and have the experience of relaxing in it and basking and rolling around and trusting in it – then it becomes very difficult, if not impossible, to give a similar kind of love to others.

Which, freely given, is truly the greatest gift.

So this year, my goal where love is concerned is to learn to be a better and better receiver. So I can learn to give the greatest sort of gifts.

Thoughts?

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