How choosing a gift can show you who you are, what you want and how free you feel
You are probably about to give presents to a number of people: it is almost Christmas. Despite we give presents to the same people every year around this time; we also tend to overlook what giving presents triggers in us. If we stop for a moment and we ask ourselves a couple of questions, we may find out a lot more than we think about how we make presents.
If you want, ask yourself these questions with love as the objective is to grow in awareness and expand our capacity to express ourselves and fulfill our potential.
1. Do you like to give presents?
2. How could you enjoy (even more) giving presents?
3. Do you feel free to decide to whom and what to give as a present?
4. What is limiting your freedom?
5. How would it be exactly if you were feeling completely free in this area of your life?
6. What do you want to communicate with your gifts?
7. Do you have the impression that your message is clearly communicated by your gift?
8. If not, how could you change that?
9. What qualifies as a present in your view?
10. What are the characteristic of a good present for you personally?
I sincerely hope you had a wonderful journey inside yourself reading this blog and answering the questions. I would love to read in the comment about your experience and I invite you to share this blog if you enjoyed it.
I invite you to enjoy this beautiful piece of poetry, to surrender to the narrator's voice as you receive this 3 minutes of poetry therapy.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.