for tuesday, april 14: gift a friend
for tuesday, april 21: gift a neighbor, teacher, co-worker
for tuesday, april 28: gift a total stranger
Don't let what we can't do keep us from doing what we can-
I have been thinking this for some time now. Too often I let what I don't have, or what I am not capable of doing keep me from doing what I can. I think of all the things I want to do for others, or that I should be doing and can't, instead of recognizing what I am already doing, and can do.
So it goes right along with this weeks SP-
I love doing things for others, I love helping my friends. I love to make things for them. I love to surprise them. But often, I think of all the things I would like to do and am not doing- and what is keeping me from doing them, time, money, kids etc. I don't stop and recognize what I am already doing.
I pushed myself to think of what gifts I give all the time. I thought of gifts of smiles, of friendship, of a listening ear. Of course I found many more instances of what others give to me than what I give.
But the ones I did think of put a smile on my face. They helped me recognize gifts for what they are.
The definition of gift-"A gift or a present is the transfer of something, without the need for compensation that is involved in trade. A gift is a voluntary act which does not require anything in return. Even though it involves possibly a social expectation of reciprocity, or a return in the form of prestige or power, a gift is meant to be free.
By extension the term gift can refer to anything that makes the other happier or less sad, especially as a favour, including forgiveness and kindness."
I was able to give a tangible gift- something that we had just sitting around that a friend could use. Love being able to share things that we are not using with someone who will use it. Its the ultimate way of "going green"- reduce, reuse, recycle, or my favorite- use it up, wear it out, make do or do without.
Thanks Lelly- you always make me think!
Check Lelly's other challenge participants here and see what they captured in their SP's about gifts to friends