present pleasurePosted: December 19, 2012
Do you find more pleasure in giving?
One of my earliest memories as a toddler is coming down the stairs with my sister to see a Christmas tree so surrounded with presents they seemed to approach the shiny star glistening at the top. I have been blessed with many wonderful things.
Perhaps love, the ability to love another, changes us from receivers to givers. It allows us to take pleasure in the work of our hands crafting or toiling for someone else. It could be a seventeen year old boy giving his girlfriend a necklace with a cross with the tiniest of diamonds in it, ( and having her mother in horror and panic ask “Does this mean you are engaged?”) Or a father purchasing his daughters their first pearls, and a husband a fine gold necklace for his wife. There is something in the giving that rewards us.
My favorite gifts are silly, like their own can of whipped cream for two young girls, or the monkey with the rubber band arms that howls as you shoot it across the room.
There is treasure in the giving, and in the joyous acceptance of gifts from others. After all, this time of year we celebrate the greatest of gifts.