I first heard this list of “Gifts” at the funeral of my husband’s grandmother. She gave these gifts all the time and I didn’t get to reflect that until I heard this at her funeral. I want to give these gifts to my children, my family and my friends. In honor of the holidays think about these extremely important gifts:
The Gift of Listening- To give this gift you must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your responses. Just listen.
The Gift of Affection- Be generous with your hugs, kisses and gentle squeezes of the hand. Let those tiny actions demonstrate your love.
The Gift of a Note- A note that says “I love you” or “I am thinking of you” can mean a lot. (You probably do this for your kids, but try tucking one into your husband’s brief case).
The Gift of Time- Offer to do something your loved one wants to do and give your undivided attention. (I think of how many times I start something with my kids, then am interrupted by the phone or other household chores)
The Gift of Gratitude- Count your blessings every day and cherish all of the positive aspects of your life.
The Gift of Laughter- Cut out a cartoon, save a clever article, share a joke. Your gift wil say, “I love to laugh with you”.
The Gift of a Compliment- A simple, “You did a good job” or “I like your shirt or sweater” or “Thanks for your help” can be of great value.
The Gift of a Favor-Run an errand or ask someone what you can do to help them.
The Gift of Solitude- There are times in our lives when we want to be alone, be sensitive to those times.
The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition-If you act happy, you will feel happy.