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1 Dec

Tonight I find myself thinking about gifts.

Which puts me right back to where I started this year. Gifts. Abundance. Promises.

How are your promises and goals going? 

I started out this year thinking I would give a gift away for 365 days! It was a grand plan all centered around my promise to create abundance.

Then a lump popped up in my throat. Doctor’s appointments scheduled. Surgery took over. My thyroid was removed. And, frankly, I was too overwhelmed to remember to give a gift a day.

After the dust settled, and my thyroid was released, I was overcome with the feeling that true abundance comes in the form of good health.

But now, it’s December 1st and as I look at the calendar I want to make good on my promise. So today starts the grand finale of this year for me — and for you too!

Over here, my pledge has come full circle. I will give a gift a day away for the rest of the year. Except now, I realize that a gift can be excruciatingly small and still be overwhelmingly impactful.

Like tonight for instance. 
My gift today was doing the dishes after Justin made dinner. Without complaints. Without any noise at all — except that I was singing, whistling while I worked if you will.

It was a direct exchange, really.
He brought me home this little gift for breakfast today (yes, that is a maple donut with bacon on top!):

Justin brought it home from Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland.

Here’s the thing. He didn’t have to bring it home. I didn’t expect it and I was totally shocked when he showed up with it. (I was also in sugar shock for about 2 hours after I ate it, but that’s another story).

It was a gift. 
A little bit of something that said I thought of you. 

And so tonight, as a really minuscule, tiny return of a favor, I did the dishes and cleaned the kitchen while whistling — so Justin wouldn’t have to after he cooked. My gift. As small as it might be, said something back — I’m thinking of you too. 

And that’s the power of giving. 
It’s not the receiving, or even the thought, or the size of the gift that matters most. It’s the flow back and forth, the wave of good things, the energy exchange that a gift sets in motion. That’s what really counts.

If you don’t believe me, try it yourself.
I know I will be. Every day until the end of the year.

Care to join me?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless!}
Jamie

{what can you give this month?}
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