Cue soppy post, well it is almost Christmas so don’t be too hard on me!
I wanted to inspire you all with some ideas for the many Christmas presents you will be buying for loved ones this year, but then I remembered that the best gifts in life are free. Christmas can feel very materialistic at times, and to me it is about more than that. So I have decided to write about some of the best gifts that we can give and receive!
I have taken some photographs of the wrapping paper I chose for this year. I am one of those people that love wrapping presents! I love to colour coordinate and make everything look pretty. I just enjoy being creative and doing little things that show thought and care. I know many people who couldn’t care less about wrapping presents who have joked that I could wrap their gifts for them. To be honest, I probably wouldn’t mind!
So here are in my opinion some of the best gifts anyone could ask for:
To understand is to understand where somebody is coming from, to actually step back and put yourself in their shoes. People who know me would say: ‘Oh my gosh! She asks so many questions!’ I have always known that my favourite question is: ‘Why?’ because it allows me to understand why people think the way they do and what makes them who they are. Every decision we make and everything that we do causes an effect and has consequences. Having understanding allows you to connect with the world and it breaks down so many barriers. Understanding is definitely a gift that does not go unappreciated by those that receive it.
To have somebody support and encourage you can have such a great influence on the development of your character and make a massive difference to your life. To have somebody contribute and add to your own ability to believe in yourself can do wonders. It enables us to go further than our comfort zone, to feel positive, and to achieve our goals. It also comforts us when things have not gone our way and allows us to not be too hard on ourselves. Encouragement is something that we can all give and it goes a long way.
Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts you can receive but also one of the best presents to give. To be forgiven is to have a weight lifted from your shoulders. It allows you to have a fresh start and to hopefully start to move on from guilt that has held you down, to feel lighter then before. Forgiveness encourages growth in all of us to be better than before. Forgiveness is not only good for those that receive but also those that give. If we are able to forgive then we are able to also lift wight from our own shoulders. It stops bitterness and heals anger and although it can be hard, it can do us more good than we realise.
‘Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, It is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.’
All of the other gifts are not possible without love, love combines all of these things and more, this is why I feel love is the greatest of all of these gifts. Love is not just a feeling but love is a verb, to love people as they are and want the best for them.
So may we share these gifts abundantly this Christmas and the entire year through, because we never know what a difference we can make. x