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The Art of Gift Giving

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“Life is what we are alive to. It is not length, but breadth…. Be alive to… goodness, kindness, purity, love, history, poetry, music, flowers, stars, God and eternal hope.” Maltbie D. Babcock

This quote was on the first page of a brand new journal that was a gift to me from a student and I feel compelled to share how this simple gift package contained so many gifts.  And how the ripple from this one small action can be so very very huge.  Mona sent me a journal, a little wooden stand with a handful of affirmation cards, a beautiful card and a couple of very sweet, personal notes.  It was all wrapped in pretty paper with special touches like stickers and stamps. Gorgeous in every way.  Just the act of opening it was a treasure.  The journal I will use multiple times every day and will think or the gifter with love and appreciation every single time.  The notes and cards went on to my vision board so that I am reminded every morning that I am having an impact on the lives of others in a very positive way.  I have a new standard for myself for how I will give gifts in the future and I am so grateful for this example.

We are all presenting the gift of ourselves to the world every day.  What if we did that with the love and care and attention to detail that Mona used in preparing and sending this gift?  How rich does that thought feel; to wrap up every smile or hug or kiss with exquisite presence and attention to the moment.  To give the gift of our words or our time with love and care.  I am so in love with life and these amazing gifts that just show up.  All the time.

Lauren Foster
Speaker, Teacher and Coach. Certified Life Mastery Consultant at Be Happy First.
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