“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”
As many of us make our last minute Christmas preparations, tying ribbons and bows, I thought this Oscar Wilde quote a nice reminder about “real riches.” While we give gifts and save gift receipts, let us remember that the best gift we can give doesn’t fit in a box … and it certainly doesn’t need a gift receipt. It isn’t the opening of the presents or the surprises inside that bring true and lasting joy. It’s the moments around the edges, the laughter, the winks, the touch of one person to another. Both sadly and ironically, it is often easier to see what really matters — when it isn’t there to see. Ask a family that has lost someone this past year – and they know for certain what is missing, and they know for certain what matters, and they know for certain it isn’t under the tree or tucked carefully in a package wrapped
with gold ribbon.
We have to learn to see love, and touch love, and make it just as visible as any other icon of the season. Perhaps if it was tangible, if we could see how fragile moments really are, we would be more careful not to drop them.
This holiday season began a little “bittersweetly” for me. As many of you know, I Have lost both my father and my brother, and I found as the holidays approached one loss greatly compounded the other. Yet, I always feel that when we lose something, we stand to gain something. Life is balance. In my search to gain, I did something new this year. Instead of opening doors on an advent calendar each day and anticipating a piece of chocolate inside, I opened my eyes to a magical moment each day. It was much more rewarding, and each day brought more than one moment. Of course, I had to open my eyes and choose to see them. Otherwise–I would have only seen another pound on the scale from some chocolates.
What can you do today, and every day, to make love visible in your life? Imagine your love carefully contained within a fragile, heirloom glass ornament; imagine love from others in the same way. Handle love carefully, give it freely and treat it for what it is–the greatest gift we will ever have the power to give or receive.
Today, I make my love for others visible, realizing it is the only gift that truly matters.
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And as always, don’t forget to start your day with a heartfelt: “Something great is going to happen today… I can’t wait to see what it is!”
And when ending your day ask yourself: “What is one more thing I can do to make today matter?”