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GIFT DAY 074: the gift of a sister

15 Mar

It’s funny, this gift giving thing.

In this year of giving away a gift each day and exploring abundance, I have given away a sundry list of odd things.

I have given clothes. I have given prayers. I have donated to dogs. I have even counted a long walk on the beach with my dogs as my gift of the day. (Is that cheating?)

Sometimes it gets down to the last hour of the day and I realize I FORGOT to give away a gift.

It is in these moments where I panic and then I email a friend or my sister and tell her something I love about her, or thank her for something she doesn’t even know I appreciate.

Here’s the funny thing — even on the days when my gifts are a poor excuse, a quick fix, or a panic call to beat the clock — it still feels like a gift.

At least to me.

I have to admit, I have talked more with my sister over the last few months than the last year.

We were so close as little girls and then life moved on. And so did we.

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(this is us)

Until now.

And that makes me wonder about the power of this gift giving practice.

It’s like an energy that bounces from me to you and back again. The more I give, the more I get and the more I want to give — even on the nights when I forget and call my sister as a last ditch effort to please my promise.

The result is always a gift that comes with a two-way reward.

And it is showing up in other parts of my life.

Just the other day I was in the subway and a couple came up to me in a rush. They handed me their 7-day subway pass.

“Can you use this?” They asked frantically. “We are leaving to go back to France and there are still four days on it.”

I smiled and said, “Yes.”
If only they knew.

May you have a weekend full of love, joy, rest…and many, many gifts.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore (fearless),
Jamie

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