December 20

LOVE MONTH: DAY 20:  “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Theresa

At the holidays, when all the world seems to be caught up in gifting and buying and all the ruckus, it is so important to remember the kinds of giving that don’t come in boxes from Amazon or from a store. I love both of those, so will not pretend to be above all of that.

However, the greatest gifts I ever get are quite different. The greatest gifts I get to receive, and give, are time and love. I have spent some really lovely time with a couple of my friends in the last week, on the phone. It has been wonderful to have deep conversation and exchange some really loving time with them. I love that gift best of all.

The work we get to do in service is always a great gift. I know that when I go into prisons or work on my computer doing things that are of service, I am blessed by the doing. When it  involves others, I get to know them better and to exchange an energy with them that is priceless. It means more to me to go do something with a friend than to do anything.

I love presents! There is no doubt about that. I love to buy them, or make them, or find them in unexpected stores or whatever. I love thinking about the person and wrapping the gift and imagining their face if they like it. Or imagine them wearing or using it. I love that! And I love to receive gifts…really…who doesn’t? And sometimes my gifts might be silly, but I hope not. I also know that most of my friends have experienced going places with me or doing things with me that are done in the spirit of love and adventure that I want to have infused into all my life.

If I give the gift of time, I hope to pour so much love into that we know we are in the presence of the Power. If I give the gift of a present of some kind, I hope it, too, carries the weight of the love I put into it and thinking of the person while the gift was created or bought or whatever. May we all find that kind of love inside us and pour it out onto the gifts and the presents and the presence we are giving this holiday season…that is all…I love you!

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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