Thoughts Over Coffee
It's a brisk 37 degrees out and I'm sitting here in Starbucks thinking about a sad dream that I had last night. I was at a big Christmas party and everybody was smiling, laughing, and having a great time giving gifts to each other. Everything was fine until people started handing some gifts to me. I then felt very sad that I did not have something to give in return. In fact I balled like a baby.
Upon waking, I spoke with a dear friend of mine who said the sweetest of words. He said, "maybe it's because you give of yourself the other 364 days of the year that you should not feel sad about accepting those gifts without having something to give in return". That's an interesting way of looking at it. I do give of myself in various ways throughout the year but I never really think of it as "giving gifts". I'm definitely not the type that keeps a tally on what I do for others. In fact I abhor those who do. I give what I can and I give from the heart whether it's a service or my time.
Obviously the dream has to do with a concern over us not having much of a disposable income these days. But are we happy with the basics of life and with each other? Yes!
Are we also happy to have our families healthy and doing well? Absolutely!
Despite these economic hard times, we are so much more well off than many and I am very grateful. I pray that those who are less fortunate can find some light in their lives to remind them of their true blessings.